Review: Vince’s has classic Italian family feel
It’s known around town simply as Vince’s and it has been ever since Vincenzo and Maria Perfili opened the doors of their little pizza place in 1960. Yes, 1960, meaning that it celebrates its 58th anniversary this year.
Now it’s the founders’ daughter, Lidia, and her husband, Frank Improta, who preside over what has grown from those early days into a much larger and more ambitious restaurant.
It serves well beyond pizza — although the pizza is notable — still at the same location in southwest Detroit. The handsome interior, enlarged over the years, is dominated by two almost mural-sized paintings of scenes in Italy against antiqued yellow walls in the big central dining room that projects a welcoming feeling.
The family prides itself on the fact that virtually everything is house-made, from the irresistible chunks of bread made from the same dough as the pizza crust to the ravioli filled with meat or cheese and the lasagna topped with mozzarella.
Pasta is one of the main drawing cards here, and for the first-time visitor, a good bet is to order the assorted pasta platter, which brings several pastas to the table including ravioli, gnocchi and lasagna, as well as a sturdy meatball, all on one plate. Sauces are subtly applied and never drown a dish. Want more sauce? They’ll gladly bring it.
There are many more choices beyond pasta on the menu. Predominately from the traditional Italian playbook, of course, but also including seafood and steak, along with veal scallopini, eggplant Parmagiana and chicken Marsala. Traditional Italian dishes prepared with love.
The family feeling permeates this classic place where Lidia makes a point of stopping by every table to make sure the patrons are happy with their choices.
A note on getting to Vince’s: Because of I-75 construction, it’s best to approach from Fort Street. It is just north of Fort on Springwells.
Vince’s Ristorante Italiano
1341 Springwells, Detroit
Rating: ★★ 1/2
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Sat, 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Closed Mon.-Tues.
Prices: Lunch soups and salads $4.25-$11.95, sandwiches $6.95-$11.95, entrees $9.50-$12.95; dinner appetizers $7.25-$9.95, entrees $11.95-$26.95, pizzas $7.55-$23.55.
Credit cards: All major
Liquor: Full bar
Noise level: Low
Wheelchair access: No barriers
Parking: Attached lot
What the ratings mean
★ — routine ★★ — good ★★ 1/2 — very good
★★★ — excellent ★★★★ — outstanding