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March 19, 1988 - Image 58

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-03-19

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29145 NORTHWESTERN HWY.
FRANKLIN SHOPPING PLAZA
Southfield

356-2310)

ome Oct. 14, it'll be
eight years already
since Frank Passala-
qua took over a sliding
Mario's Restaurant on Second
between Willis and Canfield
. . . and brought it back to life.
The gracious Italian tudor
structure outside is still there
but you immediately sense
there is something different
about it . . . and are right .. .
The drabness is gone . . . and
in its stead is new lighting
that bounces off a fresh-
looking exterior . . . There's a
new sidewalk, new landscap-
ing, new step leading into a
new front door at Mario's.
Its original main room
seating 150 is almost an ex-
act replica of Sardi's in New
York . . . and remains with its
oozing of character . . . But
now yet another main room
has been opened . . . called
the Crystal Room, seating
175 in the former Walnut
Room that was and still is
Mario's banquet area.
This is where we sat on a re-
cent visit to Mario's, whose
old-world charm is a class
distinction of authenticity .. .
Beautiful lighting is
augmented by original pain-
tings on the gray walls with
gray print cloth-covered rail-
ings, mirrors on three of the
four walls in an elegant set-
ting . . . and white tablecloths
and red chairs.
Mario's now seats 550 peo-
ple in five rooms . . . all grac-
ed with natural fireplaces.
Julie Andrews, brought in
by Shirley Eder, called it the
best restaurant on her recent
tour . . . Joe Nederlander
says, "Mario's is the talk of
the town!" . . . Iry Nusbaum
of New York Carpet and Doug
Frazer, former UAW head, are
frequent lunch customers.
All five rooms have new
French oak double doors with
15 panels of glass on each.
Mario's is a show business,
personality and celebrity
favorite . . . but it's the every-
day guy that Frank and his
staff enjoys catering to .. .
The employees seem to give
an overwhelming impression
that to them, every customer
is somebody important . . . a
trait many more restaurants
should adopt.
It is one of the few fine din-
ing Italian restaurants that
still makes its own noodles for
most of the dishes . . .
lasagna, fettuccine, ravioli,
tortellini, cappelleti, etc.
And the Provimi veal . . . so

tender and suculent . . .
Mario's has its own butcher
on the premises to cut and
trim the white milk-fed veal
that cuts with a fork's edge.
21-year-old Vince Passala-
qua runs the very clean and
well-organized kitchen at
Mario's . . . cooks the many
homemade dishes . . . and is
now dad's partner . . . doing
just about everything from
ordering to making whatever
people desire . . . In par-
ticular, Frank and Vince also
have one of the few Italian
restaurants with plans for a
heart-healthy menu . . . To
my knowledge, this could be
a first.
Mario's makes its own
white clam sauce . . . reputed
to be among the finest
anywhere , .. All sauces ex-
cept with meat are made to
order.
I had a side of spaghetti
with meatless Marinara
(tomato) sauce . . . and its
freshness was most revealing.
Our waiter, Nabi El-Ali, has
been at Mario's 17 years .. .
since coming here from
Lebanon . . . He started as a
busboy and went to Wayne
State University for his
bachelor's degree in
chemistry . . . becoming a
full-fledged, five-day-a-week
waiter in 1977.
A glass of white Piesporter
wine went well -with the an-
tipasto, garlic bread,
minestrone soup and veal pic-
cante I had . . . in what may
be termed a classic down-to-
earth meal in an elegant set-
ting . . . at prices certainly
not out of line.
The minestrone soup at
Mario's is so full-bodied with
plenty of carrots, potatoes,
noodle pieces, etc. . . . And the
veal piccante . . . you couldn't
ask for it any better.
At another table, Lester
and Marsha Weiner were en-
joying dinner with their son's
soon-to-be in-laws, Annie and
Richard Williams . . . Mit-
chell Weiner and Judy
Williams have set the date for
Dec. 3 this year . . . Les owns
Tech Cleaners in Oak Park
. . . a pioneer of 33 years on
Nine Mile and Coolidge.
"I love Mario's!" exclaims
Les without any hesitation.
A pianist softly caresses the
keys nightly . . . and on Fri-
day evenings, Jan Rae gives
out with her fine operatic
voice.
Mario's is open seven days
.. Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.
to 3 p.m. for lunch, 3 p.m. to
11 p.m. for dinner . . . Satur-
day 4 p.m. to 12 p.m., and

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