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February 03, 1984 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-02-03

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Danny Raskin's

rThe Best of Everything)

IT WAS COLD . . . but a
clear evening . . . and the
beautiful waters of Cass
Lake were covered by an ice
blanket ... I was on my way
for another visit to Ciro's on
Cass Lake Road just off Or-
chard Lake Road . . . pass-
ing cottages that seem to
withstand time . . . It was a
two-fold purpose . . . to see if
it was as good as many
people say . . . and if so, to
have ourselves some tasty
food.
After a few winds around
the memory-laden roads,
there Ciro's stood on the
right side . . . Looking so
unpretentious . . . but re-
plete inside with culinary
surprises . . . So many
people call it the best low-
priced Italian-American
restaurant in the lake
region . . . with dishes not
found at too many places . .
Others have told of going
there just for the barbecue
ribs.
But during the week,
Monday-Thursday only, be-
cause it takes so long to
make (about 25 minutes), is
one of the best stuffed pizzas
to be found anywhere .. .
It's on the same concept as
Calzoni in Chicago or New
York, with just mozzarella
and ricotta cheese and
deep-fried . . . At Ciro's,
however, it is stuffed with
all sorts of ingredients
(whatever you want) and
baked . . . The stuffed pizza
at Ciro's is a "find."
Dining at the booths
and tables with tablec-
loths, is an experience at
Ciro's because of its good
food ... excellent service
like that of waitress Teri
Fettig, personable, smil-
ing and efficient . . . plus
the cordiality of man-
ager, hostess, book-
keeper, everything, De-
bbie Bilski.
It is much a family opera-
tion . . . with most of the re-
cipes from Laponza, Italy off
the coast of Naples . . .
where Ciro (Geno) and
brother Jerry Spigno were
born.
Dad, Dominic Spigno,
helps in the kitchen every
morning . . . making many
of the sauces and soups .. .
Mother Delta Spigno comes
in three days a week to
make the Capatelli (tiny
ravioli stuffed with chicken)
and mortadalia (Italian
beef) in a chicken soup.
Not many places with an-
tipasto of eggplant sorren-
tino, very thin slices of
eggplant stuffed with
ricotta, parmigiana and
mozzarella cheeses, eggs
and spices, topped with
marinara sauce and baked
. . . or entree of veal rolla-
tini, veal stuffed with moz-
zarella and parmigiana
cheeses, eggs, green onions,
raisins and spices, topped
with sauteed mushrooms,
onions, butter and garlic
sauce, sweet vermouth and
sherry wine sauce . . . or
shrimp marinara, sauteed
in fresh strained vegeta-
bles, olive oil, garlic, basil,
oregano and wine.

March 21, Ciro's will
celebrate its sixth birth-
day . . . Back in 1978, Ciro
and Jerry took over a
former 100-seater
Chinese restaurant ...
Seating is now about 120
in the dining room and
another 20 in a cocktail
lounge.
This may have been their
first venture as restaurant
owners, but both are not
without restaurant experi-
ence . . . In 1966, six months
after he (18), Jerry (11),
Mom and Dad arrived in
this country, Gino was
working at Top of the Flame
doing everything from dis-
hwashing to being host .. .
Reason he could speak
English so well was his
attendance at Merchant
Marine Academy in Naples,
where the language was
mandatory.
Gino graduated Ketter-
ing High and went on to the
Macomb Community Col-
lege for two years of ac-
counting . . . Jerry
graduated Osborne High.
The first chef at Ciro's
when it opened, Mike
Palazzolo, had gone to Os-
borne High with Jerry .. .
but before that, both worked
at a spot on Seven Mile .. .
Jerry, 14, was cook, and
Mike, 13, pizza maker .. .
leaving Ciro's for Florida
and two years as banquet
chef at the Hyatt Hotel in
Sarasota . . . Mike is back
again . . . with a world of
party experience . . . includ-
ing ice carving . . . to go with
his chefing expertise.
The homemade cook-
ing at Ciro's is delightful
... Even zuppa inglese
dessert is made there,
with Italian cookies, van-
illa pudding, vanilla ice
cream, chocolate syrup,
amaretto, anisette,
kahlua, Tia Maria and
rum, topped with whip-
ped cream and chocolate
syrup.
It is open seven days a
week . . . Monday and Tues-
day, 11-11; Wednesday-
Friday, 11-midnight;
Saturday, 4-midnight; and
Sunday, noon to 4.
The Cass Lake region
grows continuously . . . with
some of the finer low-priced
restaurants found in this
area . . . Ciro's making al-
most everything itself,
breading, lasagna, clam
sauce, etc. . . . is family din-
ing at high peak . . . with
reasonable prices and ev
erything from sandwiches
to pizza to chops to steaks to
chicken to veal to Fettuc-
cine Alfredo, etc. . . . People
come from all over to eat at
Ciro's . . . the reason is quite
evident.
MICHIGAN'S FIRST
classical wine bar has
opened at Benjie's Fish and
Seafood Restaurant, Or-
chard Lake Rd. in Sylvan
Lake . . . It's the creation of
Chef Benjie Pearlman,
whose desire has always
been to have the area's first
"true" wine bar.
In keeping with this
yearning, Benjie has built a

"wine by the glass system"
into the bar . . . This allows
up to 50 different wines to
be served by the glass . . .
while preserving the con-
tents of each bottle under an
inert layer of odorless and
tasteless nitrogen gas .. .
The focal point of Benjie's
bar is most assuredly wine,
and the list will eventually
grow to over 100 selections
. . . No liquor is served, but a
large array of international
beers is available.

Also offered is the area's
largest selection of fresh
fish and seafood . . . flown in
daily from Boston, Florida,
California and the Pacific
Northwest . . . Benjie's has
become quite noted for this
. . . and now the wine bar,
one of the few in the country
. . . now has taken a firm
hold . . . Nothing like a good
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Mon.-Fri., 11 to 10:30
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851-8600

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Fri. & Sat. Dinner til 12 Mid.
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Sun. 11:30-4, Fri. & Sat. Din. 4 to 2 a.m.

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