Sterling Heights Restaurant Guide

Joe Bologna Trattoria
4 stars (7 ratings)

(586) 939-5700

2135 17 Mile, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

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Our Menu consists of Veal, Chicken, Steak and Seafood along with more casual choices of Pasta’s, Pizza and Salads. The foods are created by experienced Chefs and recipes include sauté, braising, roasting, frying and baking – sauces are unique and created on our stoves! Some recipes have been handed down by family and others have been perfected over the 20 years in this business.
March 22, 2010 @ 1:09 AM
1  out of 5 stars
a diner from Pittsburgh PA
My family had a gathering at Bologna's. We were charged a couple dollars per person more than the price quoted on the phone. The buffet had very little variety and NO dessert.
We were charged for the few people who could not attend which is not fair and was not explained to us when arrangements were made. We will not return.
December 12, 2009 @ 9:38 AM
5  out of 5 stars
a diner from sterling heights, mi.
My wife made her own italian pasta dish and the cook did it perfectly. she had an angel hair, alfredo/meat sauce,baked cheese, eggplant dish that was simply fabulous. they let you make any combo dish you want there. I had the traverse city chicken dish. it was cooked to perfection. i just loved it. bread was good, with the italian dipping oil. my wife had a glass of piesporter. it was $7.00 so that was too much. my killians on tap was $3.75 for a tall one and was excellent. the minnestrone soup was tasty with lots of vegetables. we both had salads and those were chilled properly and very good. service was very good. our waitress was very friendly, and she knew the menu very well and answered all of our questions, and had plenty of good suggestions. we just moved to sterling heights about 6 months ago, and there are tons of restaurants to pick from. However, we think joe bologna is a cut above most of the other italian restaurants in the area, and for the bottom line price on our bill is a great meal, and great value. we definitly will tell our friends and family, and we will return many times.

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Avg Rating: 4  out of 5 stars

Number of Reviews: 7

March 22, 2010 @ 1:09 AM
1  out of 5 stars
a diner from Pittsburgh PA
My family had a gathering at Bologna's. We were charged a couple dollars per person more than the price quoted on the phone. The buffet had very little variety and NO dessert.
We were charged for the few people who could not attend which is not fair and was not explained to us when arrangements were made. We will not return.
December 12, 2009 @ 9:38 AM
5  out of 5 stars
a diner from sterling heights, mi.
My wife made her own italian pasta dish and the cook did it perfectly. she had an angel hair, alfredo/meat sauce,baked cheese, eggplant dish that was simply fabulous. they let you make any combo dish you want there. I had the traverse city chicken dish. it was cooked to perfection. i just loved it. bread was good, with the italian dipping oil. my wife had a glass of piesporter. it was $7.00 so that was too much. my killians on tap was $3.75 for a tall one and was excellent. the minnestrone soup was tasty with lots of vegetables. we both had salads and those were chilled properly and very good. service was very good. our waitress was very friendly, and she knew the menu very well and answered all of our questions, and had plenty of good suggestions. we just moved to sterling heights about 6 months ago, and there are tons of restaurants to pick from. However, we think joe bologna is a cut above most of the other italian restaurants in the area, and for the bottom line price on our bill is a great meal, and great value. we definitly will tell our friends and family, and we will return many times.
August 12, 2008 @ 2:12 PM
2  out of 5 stars
a diner from Clinton Twp., MI
There are 3 very important to any dining experience; service, atmosphere, and food. Unfortunately, none of these three impressed me at Joe Bologna's. I took my girlfriend on a date their, what a mistake! I walked in the pizzeria door on accident, and the lady at the counter there gestured toward the other door. We go through the other door and a waitress seats us (no hostess?). On our way to our booth I was surprised to see that there was only one other couple in the whole place besides us at 6:00 pm. I also noticed our silverware bundle only included one fork and a butter knife. The funny part was that my silverware didn't even match that of my date's. Our waitress had the friendly appearance of an aged smoker. She tried explaining the specials to us, but stumbled through all of them like she had never seen Italian words before. When taking drink orders she offered us water with lemon. We accepted, but she returned with tiny plastic water glasses with long bargain bin straws and NO LEMONS. I let it go and tried to order, but the waitress didn't know the menu so I had to hand her the menu and show her what I was ordering. A couple minutes after ordering she brings bread and salad. The bread is in a paper bag (no basket) and the salads were on small clear plastic plates, like the ones you would see at a Big Boy salad bar. The Italian salad dressing was good and so was the bread, so a point for that. When we finished our salad the over-active waitress immediately snatched up our plates, but "politely" removed our forks from the plates and set them on our bread plates. We can't have new forks for our entree?! Eventually our main courses came. I ordered a shrimp marinara pasta and my date ordered fettuccini alfredo with grilled chicken. Her pasta was very tasty, but quite small in portion size. She isn't a big eater and almost always has about half her food left to pack as a lunch the next day. She almost cleaned the plate. My pasta was soggy, and my shrimp had no seasoning whatsoever. I was disappointed now by my service, atmosphere, and food. A manager came over to check on us and I told her that my food was underseasoned and my overall dining experience was fine at best. She offered me a free dessert. I kindly refused, but she kept insisting I come back and give the restaurant another try. That's definitely not happening. My waitress comes back with the bill and I give her my credit card. After a while she comes back with a receipt for me to sign, with a different dollar amount on it. I ask, and she explains that she forgot to add the charge for the grilled chicken. There is still something fishy about a waitress taking payment, then changing amount without saying anything. I left a 10% tip (drastically low for me) and left. By the time I left there were two other parties in the restaurant. All three of us were next to each other to make it easier for the wait staff. Got to love that romantic homey environment! The guy two tables over from me had a problem with his food, and the lady next to me had a problem with the drink selection.

Here is the kicker about this restaurant. It would make a good family restaurant. The problem is that the entrees range from $13-$20, which put it in the casual dining bracket. As far as that goes, Sterling Heights already offers Olive Garden, Andiamo's, and Macaroni Grille for Italian dining. All of these restaurants have excellent wait staff and atmosphere (especially Andiamo's) as well as delicious food. There is absolutely no reason to visit Joe Bologna's, especially with so many far better options just a few miles away. Never take a date here and embarrass yourself.
August 11, 2008 @ 8:32 PM
5  out of 5 stars
a diner from Pontiac, MI
My mom & I came across this restaurant one day,& love it. When my sisters came to visit one from Ft. Wayne the other Lansing we told them they had to try this place. We went on Saturday, we were an hour early, the door opened up, and the gentleman let us in, took our order and we were treated with warm welcomes. We had a party of 6. This place is awesome. We later found out it was the owner that let us in.
October 13, 2007 @ 4:48 PM
4  out of 5 stars
a diner from Sterling Heights
Great place for great food in a relaxing atmosphere. Not fancy, but we never tire of coming here. I recommend it to everyone.
September 1, 2007 @ 4:47 PM
5  out of 5 stars
a diner from shelby township
I like how the owners come out to the tables and chat, it make you feel very welcome & The food is excellent..........
May 7, 2007 @ 10:05 PM
5  out of 5 stars
a diner from Middletown, Maryland - ex East side Detroiter
Stopped here with friends for a late evening meal. Expected to hear that kitchen was closing, but we were surprised by the full menu, and the excellent service. The food variety was great, and the meals were all delivered at the same time. Our dinners (for 6 people) varied from pure Italian, such as, veal picatta, to a large pizza, with all the trimmings. No complaints from any of us, just good comments on the meals themselves. We plan on going there again, and again, when in the Detroit area.
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March 22, 2010 @ 1:09 AM
1  out of 5 stars
a diner from Pittsburgh PA
My family had a gathering at Bologna's. We were charged a couple dollars per person more than the price quoted on the phone. The buffet had very little variety and NO dessert.
We were charged for the few people who could not attend which is not fair and was not explained to us when arrangements were made. We will not return.
December 12, 2009 @ 9:38 AM
5  out of 5 stars
a diner from sterling heights, mi.
My wife made her own italian pasta dish and the cook did it perfectly. she had an angel hair, alfredo/meat sauce,baked cheese, eggplant dish that was simply fabulous. they let you make any combo dish you want there. I had the traverse city chicken dish. it was cooked to perfection. i just loved it. bread was good, with the italian dipping oil. my wife had a glass of piesporter. it was $7.00 so that was too much. my killians on tap was $3.75 for a tall one and was excellent. the minnestrone soup was tasty with lots of vegetables. we both had salads and those were chilled properly and very good. service was very good. our waitress was very friendly, and she knew the menu very well and answered all of our questions, and had plenty of good suggestions. we just moved to sterling heights about 6 months ago, and there are tons of restaurants to pick from. However, we think joe bologna is a cut above most of the other italian restaurants in the area, and for the bottom line price on our bill is a great meal, and great value. we definitly will tell our friends and family, and we will return many times.