There’s something simply comforting about a fantastic Italian meal, especially if it comes from a beloved local eatery. Growing up, one of my favorite things was when my family went to a local Italian restaurant, which sadly isn’t in business anymore. We would always order the breadsticks, which came piping hot and with a side of spicy Italian sauce.
Michigan has plenty of incredible Italian restaurants, so it would be difficult to pick a favorite. That said, the crew at Eat This, Not That! has put together a list of the best Italian restaurants in America and named the No. 1 spot in Michigan.
“Whether you want to treat yourself to a pizza after a long day of work or want to treat some friends to a nice dining experience, Italian restaurants provide the perfect ambiance mixed with a cuisine anyone can enjoy,” they state in the study. “This popularity has caused many Italian eateries to pop up across the U.S., but trying to pinpoint the best ones might seem impossible. Luckily, the search for the best Italian restaurant in your state now has a clear answer thanks to Yelp.”
Their methodology was based on Yelp data. “All the businesses on this list are in the ‘Italian’ category on Yelp,” they state. “‘Best’ is measured using an algorithm that looks at the number of reviews and star ratings for a business.”
So, which Italian restaurant came out on top in Michigan? Eataliana in Shelby Charter Township. “For some of the best Italian food in the Midwest, Eatliana not only dishes out homemade Italian favorites in a homey atmosphere but also gives you an incredible variety to choose from,” the publication states. “Whether you go with a dish from their extensive pasta menu or one of their chicken cutlet dishes, you can’t go wrong. With so many great options to choose from, finding the right entree will be the only problem you have to face when you visit!” Find the full list here.