Midwest Living Review
In new digs (as of January 2010), Troppo has nearly tripled in size compared to its original location across the street. This means more folks can enjoy this upscale yet friendly restaurant. Set in the shadow of the Michigan capitol building, Troppo undoubtedly draws the lobbyist crowd as well as business lunchers from nearby office buildings. Reminiscent of a traditional Italian supper club (with dark woods, red draperies at the windows and doors, and intimate seating areas), the restaurant infuses both its decorating and its menu with updated tastes. The lunch menu includes a generous selection of meal-size salads (the Waldorf chicken salad is especially good, $10.95), as well as upscale sandwiches such as an open-face chicken salad melt on not-too-earthy whole-grain bread ($9.95). Soups such as roasted butternut squash ($3.95/cup) and heartier entrees (starting at $14.95) round out the lunch menu. The dinner menu adds pasta, several varieties of fish, and a list of steaks and chops worthy of wheeler-dealers who gather in the restaurant's private dining rooms to conduct business over dinner and drinks. On a street of mostly quick-lunch eateries, Troppo stands out as a civilized way to enjoy a meal.