Gratzi provides authentic, flavorful Italian experience

With the last name Pasciolla it’s probably not difficult to guess that I come from an Italian family.

My great-grandparents immigrated from Sicily in the 1920’s and passed down their favorite recipes through the generations. I grew up on my grandma’s homemade sauce, my uncle’s Italian bread, my aunt’s five cheese lasagna and my grandpa’s famous meatballs – famous, at least, to my brother and I. 

I have an appreciation of Italian restaurants that strive to be authentic instead of falling into more American-Italian food. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying an evening at Olive Garden, it just doesn’t give me the same sense of home and family as restaurants like Gratzi Midland do. 

I noticed Gratzi on my first day working at the Midland Daily News. I knew it was a place I just had to try.

Gratzi Midland

120 E Main St, Midland, MI 48640

4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday
4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

(989) 486-9044



The experience did not disappoint. 

As I sat down for dinner I couldn’t help but admire how beautiful the restaurant is. My favorite part of the decor was a mural of the Amalfi Coast on the wall near my table. As I spent the night staring at the painting, I began imagining how wonderful it would be to sit on that beach and see the bright blue waters for myself. Of course, the idea seemed even more appealing as I looked out the window and saw the mix of snow and rain falling outside.

I started the meal with an appetizer of ravioli fritti, which is fried cheese-filled ravioli. Upon my first bite I was immediately reminded of the lasagna fritta (fried

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