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Italia Gardens offers private dining room, gluten-free menu C 6 Oxford/Orion Progress Edition 2016

Italia Gardens in Oxford is ready, willing and able to handle all your special event needs, from catering a high school gradua- tion party at your house to hosting a baby shower in its spacious private dining room. “Planning big events is hard work. You can make it easier on yourself by letting us do all the cooking,” said Ed Klimek, who co- owns and operates the 1076 S. Lapeer Rd. restaurant with his wife, Monica. “Our off-site catering can handle parties as small as 10 and as large as 400,” Monica said. Italia Gardens’ extensive catering menu of- fers a variety of pasta pans, each capable of feeding anywhere from eight to 30 people. Top off that pasta with fresh salad, sides, homemade breads and hand-breaded chicken breasts. Ed noted they have staff available to not only deliver the food, but also serve it. Italia Gardens is the perfect place to host spe- cial events as the restaurant has a lower-level private dining room capable of seating up to 60 guests. All-you-can-eat family-style dinners are available for private parties starting at $13.95 per person including beverages.

“They can order anything they want, but for larger groups, the family-style option is the most popular and the easiest,” Ed said. “A lot of people still don’t realize we have a private dining room down there,” Monica said. “We can host wedding and baby showers,wedding rehearsals, engagement parties, birthdays, anniversaries, really any

of the important milestones.” To meet the needs of health-conscious diners, Italian Gardens is proud to offer two special menus.

One is a gluten-free menu featuring two ap- petizers and 13 mouth-watering dinner entrees, three of which feature a special gluten-free ziti pasta.

“Whether it’s because of an allergy or a desire to eat better, lots of people are cutting gluten out of their diets and we want to be able to accommodate them,” Ed said. “Our menu proves that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor when you live without gluten.” For diners who are watching their weight or just want to enjoy some lighter fare, Italian Gar- dens also features a menu containing five dishes, all

ten-free and low-calorie crowd is the spaghetti squash served with Italia Gardens’ classic marinara sauce. It’s actually under 350 calories. “We started offering it last year and it’s been so popular, we’ve just kept it,” Monica said. “People really like it.”

Italia Gardens isn’t just a wonderful place

“We also serve dinner all day long,” Monica noted.

Italia Gardens is a big hit with its custom- ers as evidenced by the fact it won Best Cater- ing and Best Ribs in the Oxford Leader’s 2015 Best of the Best competition, which is voted on by readers. Italia Gardens waitress Abby Sculley won Best Server for the second year in a row.

Italia Gardens opened in Oxford in 2008 and has been owned by the Klimeks since 2010. “Together, Monica and I have over 50 years experience in the restaurant business,” Ed said. “We have been doing this our whole lives.” Italia Gardens offers daily specials on Mondays through Thursdays. On Mondays, kids age 10 and un- der get a free meal from the kids menu for every full-priced dinner entree pur- chased. Dine-in only.

Italia Gardens staff enhances an already wonderful dining experience.

of which are under 500 calories. It includes grilled chicken and salmon Caesar salads, blackened chicken, broiled whitefish and fettuccini marinara.

“Just because you’re eating at an Italian res- taurant doesn’t mean you have to order some- thing heavy that’s loaded with calories,” Monica said. “We try to offer something for everyone.” One dish that’s a big hit with both the glu-

to enjoy dinner. It’s also a great spot for lunch. The lunch menu is quite extensive and features many offerings in the $6-to-$9 range. “Lunch doesn’t just have to be a sand- wich or a burger,” Ed said. “We’ve got pasta, chicken, ribs, sausage, soups and salad, all at reasonable prices.”

Lunch is available Monday through Sat- urday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

On Tuesdays, diners can receive a free meal from a select menu with the purchase of an entree and two bever-

ages. Dine-in only. Wednesday is 35-cent pasta night. Pur- chase any dinner and receive a spaghetti din- ner for 35 cents. Dine-in only.

Thursday is rib fest. Buy one full or half slab of ribs and receive a second one for half- price. Dine-in or carry-out. To learn more about Italia Gardens, visit or call (248) 628-4112.

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