One of our great pleasures when traveling is discovering new restaurants that offer homestyle cooking in a cozy atmosphere. While we find some of these gems through word of mouth, quite often we discover a good eatery by shear luck. Sometimes it is the name of the restaurant, other times the look of the exterior and others still a combination of both. So it was during a recent road trip when we discovered a small, cozy Italian restaurant.
The exterior of Leonardo's is modern architecture with Italian overtones of red and green. There is a large outdoor dining patio to the left of the entrance. The interior is cozy and welcoming with shades of taupes and greens, lots of wood, and an Italian themed mural. There is an impressive bar with comfortable sitting in the lounge area as well as tables and booths. The atmosphere is cozy, casual with friendly waitstaff.
Entrées were served with soup or salad. We both ordered salads with our entreé. The side salad was a simple salad greens with shredded red cabbage, shredded carrots, red onion slices, cherry tomatoes, croutons and Italian dressing.
My husband really enjoyed the veal parmesan. It was tender with a nice richly flavoured mainara sauce and gooey melted mozzarella cheese. This entreé was a sure winner!
Leonardo's is ranked #2 of 33 restaurants in Romulus on Trip Advisor and for good reason. The waitstaff are friendly and provide fast service. The unpretentious food is simply good, homestyle basic Italian nicely presented in a cozy, inviting family-style atmosphere. The portion size for the entreés is substantial. It is child-friendly for those traveling with little ones but can also accommodate larger groups. If you are in the vicinity of the Detroit Metro Airport, this is a great restaurant for lunch or dinner.