Midwest Living Review
Located in the blue-collar-turned-hipster suburb of Ferndale, Assaggi has been serving grateful Detroiters a diverse lineup of Mediterranean cuisine since 2000. The menu, equal parts French, Italian and Greek, marries the best of each culinary tradition. It's tough picking between old favorites like the tomato-basil soup, finished with creme fraiche and a big Parmesan crouton, or the meze platter, with vegetarian grape leaves and feta balls rolled in fresh oregano. Vegetarians won't suffer at Assaggi; the grilled eggplant oozing with homemade pesto is delicious. And meat-eaters will find that the burger is 8 ounces of rare beefy perfection. The pizza margherita dotted with mozzarella and house-grown tomatoes is a late-summer revelation. Prices run around $12 for a pizza; north of $20 for most entrees.The restaurant, consisting of two comfortable rooms, features comfortable booths or intimate two-person tables along the big picture windows, looking onto a street bustling with small businesses. Local artwork adorns the creamy walls, and white tablecloths and an open kitchen create a comfortable, intimate setting. The patio, with its swirly wrought-iron tables and colorful umbrellas, is a nice spot to sip Pinot Grigio and admire the vegetable garden -- the birthplace of many of Assaggi's creations.Closed Mondays.