Hello Undercover Diva followers, this is Annod, we have been on double duty for the last few days. It was dinner time and we were in the mood for something and it happened to be Italian. I knew of a place I pass frequently and I wanted to try it. It is located north of 13 Mile Rd. on Gratiot, in Roseville, MI.
The place is called Marco’s Italiano Ristorante, located in the Days Inn & Suites. We walked in and the owner said we could sit anywhere. Looking around, it reminded me of an Italian Villa with the exposed brick plus a bonus, a natural fireplace. We will love that when the chill is back in Michigan. Marco’s menu offers a selection of both Italian and Mexican items, but we never got past the Italian menu. We noticed a full service bar with a nice selection of wines and beers. We were pleased by the great oldies music and watching a Detroit Tiger game.
Suse was running a few minutes late. Once she was there our waitress Keri asked what we wanted to drink. We all chose water. Well clumsy me spilled it everywhere. Keri was so nice and laughed with me.
Marco’s is hidden in a hotel formally known as the Georgian Inn. It’s a shame that no one knows it’s there because the food is wonderful. I was looking at the menu and I noticed that they had zip sauce for the steak dish I was thinking about. I asked for a sample and she brought it out. Wow, it was amazing.
Gini and Suse decided on a house salad ($2.99) with great raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Keri brought over a bread basket with Italian olive oil infused with spices, very good. Suse decided on the Steak Medallions topped with a Portobello mushroom and melted cheese, with zip sauce and a baked potato ($14.99). Gini had the Spaghetti and meat sauce ($13.99) with a side of Italian sausage ($3.99). I decided to get the New York Strip Steak ($20.00) grilled and topped with the wonderful zip sauce with a potato, but I asked to substitute a side of pasta with marinara sauce. That wasn’t a problem with Keri.
We all were enjoying our meal but I requested my steak to be more cooked, it was a little too rare. (Tim the cook brought it back out and wanted to make sure it was done correctly). It was awesome. Because we just had to try a dessert, I ordered the tiramisu. It was good but I had to share since the other DIVAS noticed how delicious it looked and wanted a taste.
The service was great, pricing reasonable, very clean surroundings and the food was authentic Italian. They are open at 11:30 am Monday through Saturday and close at 10 pm. Sunday’s hours are 11:30 am to 8 pm. If you’re in the mood for Italian, it’s a hidden GEM.
UPDATE: Marco’s has since closed and has been replaced by a Sports Bar. We plan on visiting them and doing a review of their establishment, soon. Stay tuned!
Special Attention: Just up the block, the Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise will take place, as it does every August. They expect 200,000 people and thousands of classic cars to line Gratiot Avenue from 14 Mile to north of Metropolitan Parkway (16 Mile). This is a FREE public event for friends, family and out-of-towners, with or without classic vehicles. You may find a spot on the route to drop a blanket or bring your own lawn chairs. Cruise hours are from noon until 6 pm, with festivities starting as early as 8 am.