Decor reflects Secchia family history and Italian immigrant experience

One local spot about fifteen-minutes from DeVos Place is Pietro’s Italian Restaurant. A sentimental favorite in Grand Rapids originally opened in 1980 by Peter Secchia (former Ambassador to Italy from 1989-1993), the restaurant is named after his Italian immigrant grandfather who came to the United States in 1906 armed with family recipes. 

Pietro’s has an old-world charm combined with a great menu. You can order traditional Italian favorites like homemade spaghetti and meatballs, Fettucine Alfredo, lasagna, eggplant Parmesan or different offerings such as hand-breaded tilapia or crab stuffed mushroom caps. The food served here is made from scratch and purchased from local farmers whenever possible.

Pietro’s Fettucine Michael

Pietro’s offers unique menu items that should not be missed. Fettucine Michael is an excellent entrée choice and is their number one dish by far. It is made up of spinach and semolina fettucine with breaded chicken, mushrooms and pine nuts in an Alfredo sauce. When it comes time for dessert, do not pass up the homemade tiramisu. Lady fingers soaked in espresso with mascarpone cheese and chocolate on top make up this traditional Italian favorite.

Pietro’s homemade tiramisu

“Family Style Dining” is an option where parties of four or more can order from a special menu. This meal is served in large bowls and is meant for sharing. The food is coursed out and brought to the table. This is a great way to try several different menu items and is designed to offer an interactive dining experience.

Reflecting Mr. Secchia’s love of family history, countless old photographs and family mementos from the early nineteenth century on the walls bring a feeling of the Italian immigrant experience to your dining. Former First Lady Barbara Bush dined at Pietro’s when it first opened, and her visit is memorialized with a framed picture. 

– Jessica Riley

Pietro’s Italian Restaurant is located at 2780 Birchcrest Dr. SE. From downtown, take 131 south to 28th St., head east on 28th for about 3 and ½ miles and Pietro’s will be on the left side of the road. The restaurant is open seven days a week starting at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, the restaurant closes at 11:00 p.m. and on Sunday closing time is 9:00 p.m.