Jan. 7 2009 12:00 AM


Food Finder listings are rotated each week based on space. If you have an update for the listings, please call us at (517) 371-5600 x. 11, or e-mail food@lansingcitypulse.com.

FB = Full Bar

WB = Wine & Beer

TO = Take Out

D = Delivery

RES = Reservations

OM = Online Menu

P = Patio

SF - Smoke Free

WiFi-Wireless Internet

Average price per person, not including drinks:
$ - Less than $8
$$ - $8 to $14
$$$ - $14 to $20
$$$$ - Over $20

Pizza & Pasta

CARMELO’S ITALIANO RISTORANTE—Tasty homemade pizzas, calzones and lots of other authentic Italian dishes at this family-owned west side restaurant. 6131 W. Saginaw Highway., Lansing. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday; closed Sunday. (517) 323-9960. WB, TO, D, OM, SF $$.

CUGINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT—Savvy décor gives an upscale Italian dining experience as the signature fettuccine Florentine, made with mozzarella, parmesan and ricotta cheese sauce sautéed with spinach and Italian spices, satisfies hungry diners. 306 S. Bridge St., Grand Ledge. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Friday 11 a.m.- 10:30 p.m. Saturday 11-10 p.m.: closed Sunday. (517) 627-4048. FB, WIFI, TO, $-$$

DE LUCA’S RESTAURANT—A staple on the west side for more than 30 years, De Luca’s serves more than a dozen specialty pizzas (including the house special, which hasn’t changed recipes since the ‘60s) along with salads, sandwiches and several other Italian and American entrees.
2006 W. Willow St., Lansing. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday- Saturday. (517) 487- 6087, www.delucaspizza.com, FB, TO, OM $$, Reservations Mon-Thurs.

DOLLY’S PIZZA—This popular franchise offers 10 signature pizzas as well as pasta choices, like mostaccioli and lasagna. Take out and delivery only. 719 Brookside, Lansing. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11a.m.-midnight Friday & Saturday. (517) 327- 0077. TO, D, OM at www.dollyspizza.com, $.

EMIL’S—Serving Italian favorites on Lansing’s east side for years. A signature dish is the Chicken Diablo, featuring breaded, pan-seared chicken breast covered in creamy tomato sauce. 2012 E Michigan Ave., Lansing. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-midnight Friday- Saturday. (517) 482- 4430. FB, RES, TO, $

FAT MATT’S PIZZA— Pizzas piled high with traditional and specialty toppings, such as potato chips and BBQ chicken. 986 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday & Saturday, and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. (517) 324-7000. D, TO, $.

FALSETTA’S CASA NOVA— A Lansing pizza institution with a legacy of more than 50 years in business, this restaurant offers a full Italian menu plus plenty of American and Mexican options.
138 S. Waverly Road, Lansing. 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday. (517) 323-9181. TO, FB, WiFi, $.

GUERRAZZI’S—With a full menu of pastas, pizzas and more favorites made from scratch, this family owned restaurant uses authentic recipes straight from Italy. 15643 S U.S. Highway 27, Lansing. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. (517) 374- 6456. FB, TO, RES, P, $-$$

TONY M’S—Known for its lasagna and sweet, zesty
sauce served in a cozy, classic restaurant. 3420 Creyts Road, Lansing.
7 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday. (517) 322-2069. FB, TO, Wi-Fi, $$

RELLI’S—A family-style Italian restaurant, serving homemade pizza and pasta. Featuring a pool table and video games plus live entertainment on the weekends. 202 E. Main St., DeWitt. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday- Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. (517) 669- 9243. TO, FB, P, $

Pubs & Clubs

AIRPORT TAVERN— Serving up hefty steaks, pub food and a mix of Mexican favorites on the northwest side. 5000 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing. 10:30 p.m. - midnight Monday- Friday, 11:30 - midnight Saturday, Noon-9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 321-3852. FB, WB, TO, P, $$

ART’S BAR & GRILL— Over 200 menu items, including Art’s signature Italian grinders and pizzas, in this authentic neighborhood pub atmosphere. 809 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. 7 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday- Saturday: noon-midnight Sunday. (517) 482-8328. FB, TO, $

BONNIE’S PLACE— Known for its burgers, Bonnie’s Place features casual dining. The sports bar in the basement will make sure you won’t miss any games this fall. Bonnie’s features drink and food specials every day, including half off burgers every Monday night and half off appetizers every Tuesday night. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday. 11a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. 415 S. Saginaw, Lansing. (517) 482-4404. FB, WIFI, TO, $$

BRANNIGAN BROTHERS—This laid-back pub serves a variety of bar-food specialties, as well as a Sunday brunch to help soak up Saturday night’s party. 210 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily. (517) 702- 8001. FB, TO, $

DAGWOOD’S TAVERN & GRILL—Grab a serious burger or something deep-fried to go with that beer at this eastside institution. 2803 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. Kitchen hours: 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. Monday – Thursday, 11a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday 11 a.m.- 1 a.m. Sunday. (517) 374- 0390. FB, $

DUBLIN SQUARE—This casually luxurious Irish pub and restaurant features a variety of freshly made Emerald Isle specialties and live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
327 Abbott Road, East Lansing. 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. Monday – Sunday. (517) 351-2222. www.dublinsquare.net, TO, FB, P, OM $$-$$$

THE FIRM—With the look and feel of an upscale, big city bar, this restaurant fuses dinner with nightlife. Start off with Philly Spring Rolls — three spring rolls filled with steak, red pepper and onions and topped with provolone cheese. 229 Washington Square, Lansing. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday: closed Sunday. (517) 487-3663.
www.thefirmlounge.com, D, TO, FB, P, Wi-Fi, $$

FRANK’S PRESS BOX—All your game-day favorites (burgers, pizza, subs) plus house special