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Angelina Italian Bistro Italian Food So Good Even Sicilian Grandmothers Would Approve

Angelina Italian Bistro

1565 Broadway St, 48226
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Price Level:   
  • Open for: Dinner, Weekends
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Cards Accepted

Tags: dinner, fine dining, modern, downtown, casual, happy hour, vegetarian options, Tigers, seafood, Grand Circus Park, takes reservations, date night, Italian Food, Angelina Italian Bistro

Located at the south end of Grand Circus Park, at the base of the newly restored Broderick tower, is a chic Italian bistro that has quietly been serving some of the best food in Detroit for the past five years.

Angelina Italian Bistro is ideally situated for a pre-theater dinner or before an evening at the ballpark. The space was formerly the old Madison Theater, built in 1917. Owners Tom Agosta and Mike Viviano opened Angelina in 2008. Together the pair have more than 50 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

The interior is modern and airy, with big windows overlooking Grand Circus Park and the stadiums on two sides of the restaurant. The focal point of the dining room is a large Chihuly-inspired glass chandelier swirled with fiery oranges and yellows.

We always have a tough time deciding what to order. The menu is stacked with winning dishes that hit every note and flavor profile we’re craving.

Start out with some bruschetta (our personal favorite) or the house-made meatballs. We’ve yet to meet a diner who doesn’t fall instantly in love with Angelina’s arancini, which are fried balls of risotto, spinach and house-made mozzarella served with a basil aioli. The spicy minestrone soup served with garlic croutons is a flavorful and comforting way to start your meal.

The kitchen serves up modern interpretations using classic Italian techniques. Our all-time favorite dish has to be the pappardelle bolognese, a deceptively simple pasta dish made with pappardelle noodles, Angelina’s signature meat sauce and Pecorino Romano cheese. The sauce tastes like your Italian grandmother has been standing over the stove all afternoon, carefully stirring and simmering the ragu. Its richness and depth of flavor is mind-blowing. The pasta is made in-house daily.

You really can’t go wrong with any one of Angelina’s entrees, with standouts like seared salmon, wild mushroom risotto and peruvian purple gnocchi. Another favorite is the caprice ravioli, a new addition for spring prepared with fresh house-made mozzarella, tomatoes, pesto and balsamic.

Be sure to save room for a little something sweet. Angelina’s deconstructed cannoli, made with light cream, pistachios, toasted coconut and an almond cookie, is a particularly delicious way to end your meal. The chocolate pots de creme and wild berry tiramisu are equally delightful.

Service is always friendly and attentive at this downtown gem. It’s a wonderful spot to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, engagement or other special occasion.


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