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Ottava Via

Outdoor signage of Ottava Via in Detroit.

My husband and I have had Ottava Via on our restaurant bucket list for several months now!   We decided to go at 3:30 pm on a Tuesday and it was ideal! The first time we tried dining there it was prime dinner hour on a Friday evening and there was quite a long wait—which is to be expected at any spectacular restaurant.  They do take reservations for parties of 8 people or more which is convenient. Parking was a breeze since we went earlier in the day on a Tuesday. During prime dinner time, parking gets a little hairy but there is a grass lot about one block away from Ottava Via.

Woman holding torch lamp post decoration in Ottava Via.
Glass of Cigar Box Old Vine Malbec from Ottava Via in Detroit.

The décor in Ottava Via is reminiscent of “Old Country Italy.” No two pieces are similar.  I adore the wall of antique photos in the dining room.  Our waitress Rachael was kind and knowledgeable and offered us suggestions of dishes she likes.  They have an extensive wine list, so you won’t have any difficulty finding a complimentary wine pairing with your dish.

Close up shot of calamari in Ottava Via.

We had the calamari for an appetizer.  It was served with a lemon caper aioli that complemented the lightly breaded and tender squid.  Most would only think to serve lemon on the side with a seafood appetizer.  I would have never thought to incorporate a lemon-based aioli.  It’s genius.


I ordered the cacio y pepe for my main entre.  If you are a pepper lover like me, THIS ONE IS FOR YOU!  The salty profile of the traditional Pecorino cheese perfectly balanced the black pepper sauce.  The profile of the pepper sauce is not overwhelming but it has a slight kick.


Overall, the dining experience at Ottava Via was top notch and we look forward to returning to try more of the menu!

About the Author

Casey Kolp

Cheers! I’m Casey! Get ready for a blog full of wanderlust, culinary adventures, and unfiltered opinions – where I spill the tea (and the wine) on all things food, lifestyle, and travel!

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