220 S Main Street
Clawson, MI 48017
What I ate:
Insalata della casa
Due Venti is a small and inviting restaurant located on Main Street in Clawson. It was the perfect venue on a chilly late fall evening and since the menu changes with the season, the dishes were equally as comforting as the atmosphere. My husband and I came with my in-laws who were visiting from out of state. Everyone ordered a different entrée and all of us were equally impressed with the food.
The meal started with a slice of house-made ciabatta served with pumpkin, sage and honey butter. The butter was sublime. The bread was good; while I appreciated that it was made in-house, I would have loved a whole grain option. That did not stop me from finishing the piece I was served; the butter was honestly incredible!
For my appetizer, I ordered the house salad. This was a fresh and delicious heirloom green salad with golden raisins and pine nuts. The salad was supposed to be served with a goat gorgonzola cheese, which sounded delicious but waiter happily took my request to substitute a non-moldy cheese (pregnancy and moldy-cheese don’t mix). My salad was served with a pasteurized feta cheese and with the delicious house vinaigrette on the side. I enjoyed every bite of this fresh salad. It was a perfect, light and delicious appetizer.
For my main course, I selected the vegetarian option on the menu. This was a wonderful and unique dish. The tortino was a perfectly cooked soufflé of eggs, white beans and herbs. It was rich and simultaneously light and airy. The soufflé was served with a delicious sauté of mushrooms and fennel finished with a few dollops of goat cheese. The flavors came together perfectly. Aside from the bites shared with the table, I enjoyed every bite of this meal. The portions at Due Venti are generous but not over-the-top and I left very sated but not stuffed. We skipped dessert. Though many of the desserts sounded delicious, we all agreed that we were perfectly comfortable after dinner.
Due Venti uses many locally sourced, high-quality ingredients. Some of the ingredients are also imported but the chef focus on working with small-batch producers. The breads, pastas and sauces are all made in house. You can taste the difference in the quality of the food at Due Venti. We did find that the meal came out rather slowly, but it was a very busy evening and the service was wonderful. Though I’d prefer a bit less time between courses, the wait time definitely won’t stop me from returning.