188. Pop’s for Italian – August 31, 2016 – Ferndale, MI

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Pop’s for Italian’s gnocchi with sausage and Gorgonzola cream sauce

Hello, all! Happy Third Day of Fall! I’ve been absent from the blog for the last few weeks because I was busy exploring – this time, in another country! I vacationed in gorgeous, sunny Portugal. It was awesome! I would highly recommend Portugal if you are looking to vacation in Europe. It’s the most affordable of the western European countries, and the natural beauty is absolutely STUNNING.

My trip was so excellent that adjusting back to everyday life has been much more challenging than I expected. This was a journey that I had planned and saved for over the course of about a week and a half, and in 10 days, it was over in a blink of an eye! And there I was, catapulted back into real life – work and household chores and appointments. ~Sigh.~ At least I live here in the Metro-D and can console myself with some exploring, which I plan to do this weekend (a long-awaited local brewery visit is on the docket!).

While it’s currently late September, we’ll travel back in time to the last dregs of August, to my night out in Ferndale over three weeks ago that I recounted in part in my last post on the Greenspace Café.

Here my friend and I were, having these exquisite drinks at this gorgeous, pristine vegan café – and we were craving mainstream Italian food: meat and cheese and unabashed, unfiltered carbs.

What can I say? Eating healthfully is awesome, but eating everything is kind of more awesome. And this is coming from a girl who also writes a clean-eating recipe blog! It’s undeniable: Italian food is LIFE.

So we left, and we walked over to Pop’s for Italian, also in downtown Ferndale.

Immediately I was impressed by the fact that it was around 9:30 p.m. on a Wednesday, and the place was KICKIN’. The cavernous restaurant/bar, which my friend reminded me was formerly a B’DUbs, has been tricked out in the industrial-chic style so popular around town – lots of exposed beams and metal and bare bulbs. I happen to love that vibe, so I was down with it.

I was also down with the menu and our server’s recommendations. She was spot-on in touting the gnocchi with ground sausage and Gorgonzola cream sauce and the caramel budino (a rich, custard-like dessert topped with house-made caramel sauce). As an Italian-cuisine snob (just say NO to Olive Garden!), I can confidently say: Pop’s is legit.

Another great selling feature of this place: its wine menu. Pop’s offers an extensive one, with 32 wines that it says it rotates and various tasting options, including a flight sampler. From what I remember, most of the wines are not cheap. However, Pop’s does offer some house wines, called Pop Wines, that are much more affordable.

Worth noting: Pop’s is closed on Mondays and only open for dinner on Tuesdays through Fridays. On Saturdays and Sundays, it’s open for brunch in addition to dinner.

280 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ste. 2,

Ferndale, MI 48220

www.popsforitalian.com

 

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