So my wonderful husband took me and darling son and daughter to Giovanni's in Detroit. You drive through a manufacturing not quite hellhole/Mordor--vestiges of the manufacturing empire that's been Detroit.
And, ah, you reach an oasis of hospitality and wonderful food! Wonderful and varied wine list, warm and professional servers (our lovely server has worked there for 23 years and it was like she was serving us at her home.)
I had the pesce Francesa --a huge amount of delicate fresh lake perch filets in a flavorful sauce of butter, lemon and capers --the sharpness of the lemons and capers a great foil for the delicate fish. An herbed risotto could have been hotter but was textbook texture.
Darling daugher had a subtle, gorgeous brodo with pasta and amazingly flavorful meat canniloni --sauce was so tomatoey! Son had ravioli with boursin cheese and sun -drived tomatoes in a wonderful lemony sauce with lucious chunks of crab meat. He said it's the best ravioli he had in his life.
Husband had a great charred pair of tournedos on pancetta risotto with wine reduction.
Hallmark was flavor, texure and excellence of ingredients. And the warmth of the staff, the owner visiting us.
A great experience. Well worth the trip to almost downriver. This is truly a gem that has staying power based on its great food and great heart.