Hour Detroit Magazine Salutes Southfield’s Il Posto Ristorante as the 2006 Restaurant of the Year

ROYAL OAK, MI — (MARKET WIRE) — 02/16/2006 — Hour Detroit Editor Dave Manney proudly announced this morning that Il Posto Ristorante has been named the 2006 Restaurant of the Year. The Southfield eatery earned the distinguished honor by combining beyond impeccable service with beyond delicious food in an ambience that is genuinely Italian.

Il Posto delivers a balance of exceptional cuisine, service, and ambience unparalleled by its local counterparts. The March issue of Hour Detroit magazine dedicates 11 full pages to the story of Il Posto, where the dining room is dotted with meticulously trained staff in dinner jackets, most of whom are Italian, serving carefully prepared meals from serving carts.

Il Posto owner Giovanni Belsito, for whom food was never plentiful growing up, has created a menu that enhances tradition with a bit of extravagance. Executive Chef Daniele dell’Acqua serves flawlessly prepared lamb chops perfected with black truffles and piping-hot risotto stirred inside Parmigiano-Reggiano makes for a deliciously rich dish. General Manager Rito Lisi tends to the details, ensuring guests enjoy perfectly Italian hospitality.

Hour Detroit restaurant critic Chris Cook calls Il Posto “the Three Tenors — Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras. Operatic in reach, and striving to be the most classical in high Italian culture, and always through the equal combination of food, service and place.”

Restaurant of the Year is awarded only to those establishments that demonstrate the highest level of excellence in quality and preparation of food, adherence to technique, originality in presentation, service, dining room comfort, décor, as well as the intangibles that contribute to ambience and the overall dining experience. Hour Detroit congratulates Il Posto for achieving and exceeding these standards. Il Posto Ristorante is located at 29110 Franklin Road in Southfield. For more information or reservations, call 248-827-8070.

With this announcement, Il Posto joins a class of distinguished winners from years past. Bacco Ristorante won in 2005, BooCoo in 2004, Café Cortina in 2003, Hong Hua in 2002, The Hill Seafood & Chop House in 2001, Rugby Grill in 2000 and The Lark and Tribute were honored together in 1999.

Hour Detroit’s national award-winning food coverage includes a monthly restaurant guide to nearly 200 of the area’s best restaurants. Each of the guide’s listings is a carefully prepared capsule review based on anonymous visits.

To read more about the Restaurant of the Year, the 17 Best New Restaurants, the rich tradition of coffee, and tasty kitchen designs, pick up the March issue of Hour Detroit magazine, on newsstands Feb. 28, 2006.

To subscribe, call 866-660-MAGS (6247) or visit www.hourdetroit.com.

The award-winning Hour Detroit magazine is brought to you by Hour Media, publisher of Detroit Home magazine, Metro Detroit Bride magazine, Metropolitan Detroit Guest and Resource Guide, Metropolitan Detroit Menu Guide, V.I.P., Biz Bucks direct mail, and numerous others, including Momentum Books.

To read the complete 2006 Restaurant of the Year feature on Il Posto, please visit: www.hourdetroit.com/media/2006ROTY.pdf

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