Congress Pizza is a local legend and a place with a historic vibe. The walls are covered with images of Ishpeming's past, including a number from the time - 50 years ago - when Hollywood came to town, for the making of the Otto Preminger film "Anatomy of a Murder" - with Jimmy Stewart, Lee Remick and George C. Scott.
Personally, I would not say that Congress Pizza is among the ten best pizzas I have had in my life. Simply, I'm not that big a fan of the cracker crust style that they have here. But it's tasty and goes down well with a cold beer!
Ok, "Supper Club" might sound a little "uppety", as the Venice is actually just a nice little restaurant tucked in the back of a bar, but the food and service is fabulous! Don't let the location or entering the "bar" intimidate you as , once you sit down in the dining room, you're FAMILY. Especially on Saturday night when they serve a buffet and your buffet server could be your own Italian MOM, eat, eat, eat! Expect to be fed in Italian style and abundance. It may not be gourmet, but it sure is wonderful, homecooked Italian food and you won't go away unsatisfied. Varieties of pastas, polenta, scallopinis, cacciatoris, and you must try the cudighi meatballs (a local favorite!) But that's only if you get past the salad bar which has the most delectable Italian marinated tomatoes you have ever tasted. They're absolutely to die for. And, if you're not too stuffed by the end of your meal, the complimentary fresh cinnamon donut twists will surely make you smile with a cup of coffee...or heck, a glass of milk! It's a hidden gem in Ishpeming that's a must visit.
Favorite Dish: OMG...the Italian marinated tomatoes are unbelievable!
Did you know that there is a sizable Italian-American population in the Upper Peninsula? Many of them came over to work in the mines in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and their descendents are still here. The Venice Supper Club features Italian and American steaks, pastas, and fish at small-town prices. It's a little bit old fashioned - well, actually quite old-fashioned - but it can be quite pleasant to step back in time to the era of the early 1950s. With the right person (and a little moderately priced red wine), a meal at the Venice can actually be very romantic.
Famous local restaurant renowned for hefty portions and low prices. "Where locals go." Great place to stop for breakfast while on your way out to the woods for huntin' and fishin'. Try the "limpu bread" for your toast - it's a Finnish speciality.