You have to realize that I am an old dinosaur especially about old haunts in Detroit, which has always been my stomping ground. Some of the restaurants in Detroit were legendary and are part of the history of the town. We have gallon bottles filled to the brim with matchbooks that we saved from almost every restaurant that we ever ate at, and plenty of them are curios of days gone by. Of course, matchbooks are curios of days gone by, but I always thought that they were a great keepsake, especially if the restaurant was great. There are plenty of restaurants that have not survived over the decades that I remember, and that is normal for the restaurant business. Some have been resurrected by family members, some banking on the foggy memories of people and some have continued, even as they have changed hands.
Amore da Roma is one that has changed hands as it was Roma Café for ever and was always found on the outskirts of the Eastern Market, where it is still found. The building was built by the Marazza family in 1888 and it served the vendors and farmers of Easter Market, and officially became the Roma Café in 1890. In 1918, it was purchased by John Battaglia and Morris Sossi, and continued with the Sossi family until 2017. The Executive Chef for four years at the Roma Café, bought the business and renamed it as Amore da Roma and continued the menu that kept people going there forever, so it seems. There was a group of us having dinner there, that could appreciate an old Steak and Pasta joint, as I would call it. The dishes are not pretentious or frou-frou, but you leave fully sated, as the meals have always been designed to please the hard workers at the Eastern Market and any one else that could appreciate honest Italian food. We started with dishes of Calamari and Escargot. We followed that with soup and great breadsticks. My Bride had Broiled Lake Superior Whitefish and I went with Shrimp Scampi, I mean one of us had to have an Italian dish.
They had a very interesting Italian White Wine from a respected winery, but even though the computer said that they had two bottles of the wine, they could not find either one. They offered me another wine at twenty percent off the wine carte price for the inconvenience and I agreed to it. It was not as interesting, but it was a very sound wine. We had a bottle of Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuisse 2018 from the Maconnais. Maison Louis Latour is a major negocient producer of red and white wines of Burgundy and was founded in 1797 and is still family owned and operated. Not only are they a negocient, they also own seventy-two acres of Grand Cru vineyards, and also the largest holder of land in Burgundy and produce wines in all price ranges; and one of the most widely recognized names worldwide for the region. Pouilly-Fuisse is the finest appellation for white wines in the Maconnais, and there are four communes that are part of the appellation. There are no Premier Cru designations for the region, so one goes with the reputation of the maker. The area was drawn around 1922, but officially recognized in 1936 and only Chardonnay grapes can be used, and the best of the wines offer a terroir showcasing limestone in the finish of this crisp wine. The vines for this wine average about thirty years of age and the are planted in vineyards of heavy clay and limestone. The wine is aged about ten months in Stainless Steel. It was a pretty golden color with a floral nose and notes of melon and almonds with good acidity and a decent finish offering some terroir. Just a traditional place to still get a great meal without breaking the bank.