In 2008, Dave Mancini left his career as a physical therapist to pursue his true passion—pizza. His cozy, collegiate-feeling Russell Street storefront in the heart of Detroit's Eastern Market is named for his father's hometown in Italy.
Supino is outfitted with repurposed wood and metal sculptures, a self-service soda fountain, and a special pizza oven that creates a distinctive light, crisp crust that’s the perfect foil for any topping. Pizza choices are divided into red and white options and with or without sauce. The Supino ($10 for a 12-inch; $16 for an 18-inch) wears roasted garlic, olives, chili oil, mozzarella and ricotta; the Red, White and Green (also $10 and $16) impressed with spinach, capers and roasted red peppers. A follow-up visit, however, wasn’t quite as memorable because of inconsistent quality.
Pizza is available by the slice ($2.25 to $3.25) for smaller appetites and lunchtime diners. The lasagna ($8) layers on both marinara and béchamel sauces, and the Mancini salad ($4.50) brims with Eastern Market's finest produce. For dessert, the cannoli with chocolate sauce and roasted pistachios ($3.75) makes a fitting finale.