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- Our Story -

It all began in 1931 with one couple and a dream.


Italia Gardens, the first Italian Restaurant in Flint Michigan, was established in 1931 during the depression by Albert and Josephine Barone.  The restaurant slowly built up trade as families and nearby Buick office workers came in to dine in on heaps of spaghetti and meatballs.  Barone retired in 1964.

Don Haley, his Irish son-in-law, and his wife Enza assumed the business. 

In 1994, to keep pace with our growing customer base, a second location on M-15 in Davison joined the original Italia Gardens.

In 2008, Italia Gardens opened its newest location in Oxford.  It is owned and operated by Ed & Monica Klimek who have over 50 years combined of restaurant experience.

“Italia Gardens is a glowing example of

how a restaurant should treat its guests.” 

 -   The Oakland Press  -



“Oxford has a hidden Italian gem

just south of Drahner on M-24.”

-  Community Lifestyles  -



“Best Italian In Metro Detroit”

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