Best New Italian in the City

Ottava Via; 1400 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-962-5500

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In a transformed Dime Bank, high ceilings help create a stylish aura for a menu that is gloriously Italian. Pasta, pizza and panini are carried to their heights and joined by inspired charcuterie, hanger steak, roasted vegetables for starters, and the featured porchetta entrĂ©e, pork belly wrapped around a pork loin, topped with arugula and pink grapefruit for tartness. The only mozzarella used on plate or pizza is hand-stretched on the premises, 80 to 100 pounds a week. That’s the kind of obsession with quality that makes friends. That and offering lardo and duck prosciutto on the build-your-own pizzas!

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