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Alpino Detroit

Alpino Detroit

[Detroit, MI] Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Great Famine of Ireland of the 1840s resulted in extensive Irish migration to the United States. By the middle of the 19th century, they were the largest ethnic group settling in Detroit. Many of these newcomers settled on the west side of the city. Since they were primarily from County Cork, the area became known as Corktown.

History is cool.

So is European cuisine.

Corktown’s newest restaurant arrived not out of famine, but out of feast.

Alpino Detroit offers authentic dishes and wines from countries threaded through the Alpine Mountains. Its menu is inspired by ingredients sourced from hills, fields, rivers, and streams.

Alpino’s menu includes options not often found in American restaurants, including raclette, very intriguing salads, rösti, spatzle, gurkensalat, house-baked breads, and chocolate fondue.

The Detroit News adds, “The wine list is vast, interesting and reasonably priced, as promised; they even have some wines on tap. The cocktails have both imported and local ingredients, and one popular standout should be the la vie en rose with Michigan’s Pink Norden Aquavit, mulberry-infused dry vermouth and orange bitters. Naturally, the beer selection offers bottles from Germany, but also France and Italy.”

Owner and operator David Richter and Executive Chef Colin Campbell have also created an environment that welcomes everyone.

Frankly, we will visit any restaurant that features a logo that transports us to Switzerland. It’s a particularly good sign of what is inside. Detroit Free Press states that the Alpine cow with a flowered crown pays homage “to the tradition throughout the alpine regions celebrating the safe return home of farmers and their livestock before winter.”

Alpino Detroit in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood opened May 1, 2023.


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