Sometimes it may seem that most of the good restaurants are in certain areas. Not necessarily. Shelby Township may not be known as a restaurant destination, but the young La Cucina del Vino has certainly put the area on the map.
An international menu reflecting proprietor Lisa Ribaudo’s Armenian/Italian heritage encourages sharing dishes from grilled bruschetta and grilled oysters to Armenian grape leaves and beet ravioli. Ribaudo, a former wine director for the Andiamo restaurant group, emphasizes wine along with creative and unusual presentations of such dishes as Tuscan shrimp, charcuterie platters and balsamic glazed pork chops. The two floor setting is done up warmly with family portraits and rustic furnishings that give it style and back up the well-prepared fare by chef Domonique Morsello.