Pasquale’s Restaurant and Pizzeria
Since 1954, this pizzeria has thrived on historic Woodward Avenue with authentic, one-of-a-kind pies.
We couldn’t tell it any better ourselves, so, for a change of pace, we’ll let the Del Giudice family, owners of Pasquale’s Restaurant and Pizzeria, tell their own story after 55 years of family-style service:
“At the height of the pizza craze, Pasquale Del Giudice decided to open his restaurant in the up-and-coming city of Royal Oak, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Helped by Pasquale’s father, brother and sister (and later by his wife and three sons), the business is still run by family members, and our recipes are the same ones used when we first opened. If you ate here in 1954, you can come in today and enjoy the same pizza you did back then. Customers who came here as children continue to come in with their children and grandchildren. We really are a family tradition.
“Our pizza is a traditional Neapolitan recipe passed down from generation to generation. No secrets or gimmicks—our pizzas are made with the finest ingredients and with the same care our grandparents used in Italy. While we have grown in size and added new menu options—such as heart-healthy and low-fat choices—we continue to serve the same pizzas that have made us so popular over the years. And we have no plans to change—we just want to maintain our traditional family-run business.
“In the early days, even though the restaurant was open late and every family member worked long hours, we were still involved in local events and continue to support our community to this day. On our 50th anniversary, we gave away a 1954 black Cadillac, and we show appreciation to our regular customers, new and old, by recognizing their birthdays with a $20 off coupon. Our motto is, ‘Work hard, make the best product you can, and success will follow.’” —Tracy Morin