Ten Best: Experience SheWolf
By: Karen Talaski
June 28, 2019
Do you want to experience a free meal at one of the best restaurants that Metro Detroit has to offer?
The Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers / Detroit Free Press Top 10 Takeover offers you an opportunity to do just that. Enter for a chance to win TWO TICKETS to dinner at SheWolf on July 15th, 2019. Be sure to enter no later than Noon on July 11th for an opportunity to bypass the long wait.
Need to hear a little more about the restaurant before you head out for a meal? Keep reading for a glance into this award-winning restaurant.
Food and its preparation are measured processes – there are the obvious parts that require careful attention, such as how much salt to add, what kind of flour to use or how many eggs are needed to follow a recipe successfully.
Then there are the little measurements a chef and his or her team make to create a memorable experience. It’s how much powdered sugar you put on top of the ricotta fritters, making sure to include a healthy portion of a Nutella dipping sauce. It is milling your own flour. It is adding one more bit of parmesan to the finished pasta.
That is what SheWolf Pastificio & Bar does – and then some. It pays attention to every detail, whether it is the interior design, the sumptuous thoughtfulness that goes into the creation of its food as well as the people it brings in to work in the kitchen and dining room.
It’s simple yet contemporary look fits well into its neighborhood, one that has radically changed from a quiet side street of Detroit’s upscale Midtown to a strip that boasts some of the city’s best restaurants and retail shops. SheWolf offers large windows, open sightlines and a clean aesthetic to Selden Street, where its red canopy sparks the appetite and incites curiosity.
Executive Chef Anthony Lombardo hoped to execute his version of Rome – the ancient city that has modern relevance. The classically trained chef toured Rome extensively to get ready for the moment he broke away from working for someone and started his own restaurant, and his honest approach to food and its preparation show in every choice he makes.
For example, Lombardo made a point of working with a staff of committed connoisseurs who share his interest and excitement for food and wine. This team’s goal isn’t to hold their knowledge above their customers; they prefer to share it in a way that makes even the novice walk away feeling like an expert.
Take Mindy Lopus, SheWolf’s head sommelier. To hear her talk about Italian wine is to walk through the vineyards, feel the dirt until your strappy sandals and hear the grape skin pop as it is crushed to make your drink. She, too, brings her understanding of wine but also of Rome and Italy to SheWolf, helping people enjoy everything they imbibe during a visit.
On paper, SheWolf is an impressive organization. It is a 2019 James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef in the Great Lakes region. It was named one of the 2018 Eater Restaurants of the Year. Thrillist called it one of the hottest new restaurants in America.
In principal, SheWolf is all of that and more, well deserving of these accolades, according to diners and restaurant critics locally and nationally. After all, there’s something about a restaurant where the first thing people tell you about is how great the executive chef is – not only for his food, but for his personality.
SheWolf stands as a new entry into Detroit’s glowing restaurant scene, but it has proven to offer an array of carefully selected details that make it a standout among many fresh offerings. Like Rome, it is likely to stand the test of time and become a landmark for visitors and locals alike.