We quite accidentally found Palazzo DI Bocce while driving to our motel in Lake Orion from the Detroit Airport last week. It was 10:00pm, and we hadn't eaten all day. I was starved, and when we spotted this restaurant, which looks like an overdecorated Tuscan villa, we decided to stop and see if it was open.
WOW! What a surprise. It was not only open, but there were several people playing Bocce Ball on four courts inside and having a wonderful time. There was a bar with onlookers watching, and a nice space in the middle for diners. We ordered pasta and salad, and our delightful waitress brought us some of the restaurant's special mushroom soup! YIKES! It was delicious! As was the pasta. And the salad was good too, which I never expected in a little out of the way town. We had canelloni (sp?) for desert, and thought we were in heaven! Best either of us has ever had anywhere!
On top of all of this, the manager and wait staff were funny, friendly and helpful. We had some very good wine too--high level for a by-the-glass menu. We liked it so well that we took some friends there the next night, and had another excellent culinary experience. We found out that this place hosts International Bocce Ball Tournaments! Who knew? In the middle of nowhere!!!
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