(Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 9, 2017)
Ferndale, MI – It’s been a few days since I went to Pop’s for Italian, yet I’m pretty sure my tummy is still full. It was a comfort food kind of night, and my friend and I both went for a quintessentially Italian feast – the Chicken Parmesan.
With a friendly waiter, a charming atmosphere complete with piazza-like lights and large windows facing 9 Mile and the pedestrian walk-through, and generous portions of food, it was easy to feel Pop’s love.
The restaurant is Brian Kramer’s tribute to his grandparents and the cuisine he enjoyed as a youth. If you look beyond the sparkle of the floor-to-ceiling tower of fine wine that is the centerpiece to the large dining area, you’ll see details of Kramer’s life and family including a picture of his Nona (grandmother) and two of his dogs painted on the wall. The plump, cartoon-like couple dancing and the caricature Mona Lisa add to the welcoming warmth of the space.
We started with an appetizer of Burrata and Prosciutto. Pop’s has a special slicer for their Prosciutto which is at the back of the restaurant along with their special pizza oven. The pizza making and prosciutto-slicing happens in an open space where people can see the process.
Then we both got Chicken Parmesan which was very good. The portion was huge, the mozzarella was generous, and the sauce on the pasta and the chicken was tasty.
My friend ordered white wine, and the waiter seemed very knowledgeable about the choices for that. I went for a craft cocktail called a Mortillo, which is boodles gin, lemon and blueberry shrub.
It was a great meal with lots of food left over.
Check out our previous Reporter Food column about Pop’s for Italian at https://oaklandcounty115.com/2016/04/01/reporter-food-plenty-to-share-with-friends-at-pops-for-italian/
Read more Reporter Food columns at https://oaklandcounty115.com/category/blogs/food-blogs/.
Pop’s for Italian is located at 280 W Nine Mile Rd. Pop’s is an advertiser on oc115.com. Check out their website at http://www.popsforitalian.com/home.