Saturday, May 22, 2010

May Supper Club: Vince's 50th Anniversary

50 years ago Southwest Detroit was heavily populated with Italian immigrants, very different than the almost predominantly Hispanic population that exists today. Much like with other immigrant populations throughout the city, the Italians carved out their own corner of the city and there began opening businesses that celebrated their home country’s culture and traditions. Vince’s Ristorante Italiano is such a place.

Opened in 1960 by Vincenzo and Maria Perfili as a simple pizza parlor, Vince’s soon grew into a full-scale restaurant that was hugely popular with the community. Even as the area around them has changed, Vince’s has remained the same, serving the same hearty homemade pastas with award-winning house sauces that made them famous 50 years ago. The restaurant is now operated by Lidia Perfili, daughter of Vince and Maria, who still makes all the pastas, breads and sauces from scratch every day. The restaurant maintains its old world charm with red and white checkered tablecloths, classic Italian-American dishes, and the kind of attentive service that makes diners feel like they’re having dinner in someone’s home as a welcome guest.

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Vince’s is one of Detroit’s oldest family-run establishments. On Wednesday, May 26 from 6:00-9:00pm, Detroit Synergy’s Supper Club is celebrating this landmark occasion with a huge family-style event. Enjoy endless platters of rich, hearty, classic dishes prepared with care by Lidia and her team, and become part of the Vince’s family for an evening of great food and good cheer.

Diners will enjoy sharing the following:
~Tomato Bread (bruschetta)
~House Salad with homemade Italian dressing
~Pasta Arrabiata (a spicy tomato and basil sauce)
~Tortellini Alfredo
~Chicken Marsala
~Sausage & Peppers
~Sides of roasted potatoes, Italian beans, and pizza bread
~Spumoni for dessert

This is a true Italian experience that is as much about the food as it is about the family! $40.00 includes tax and gratuity (beverages excluded); tickets must be purchased in advance on the Detroit Synergy store at Ticket sales close on Tuesday May 25.

Detroit Synergy is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to generate positive perceptions and opinions about Detroit by bringing together a diverse community and building upon the City's strengths and resources to realize a common vision for a greater Detroit. Please visit for more information about the group.