Italian-American neighborhood dining in the heart of downtown "Burdickville"
Please visit our website for further information, sample menus and directions. We look forward to having you as our guest!
We DO NOT have a children's menu/young children are strongly discouraged. We are a small space ~ limits are in place for larger parties.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner beginning @ 5:30pm - 9:00pm, seasonal days of operation
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We do not have catering services.
parking is limited - carpooling is recommended!
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
Funistrada Ratings and Reviews
Phenomenal food, dedicated, fun staff.
Phenomenal food, dedicated, fun staff.
Hard to find but quaint location
We were in the Glen Arbor area and had made reservations at Funistrada based on information from a friend. Cell phone lost cell power on both phones, due to the high hills in the area. Finally, we got through and called and Helen talked us in very easily. My anti pasta salad needed more meat/cheese and flavor. Picata needed flavor.
Great experience. My steak was as good ...
Great experience. My steak was as good as any I have had anywhere else. Appetizers included mussels, and asparagus wrapped in prosciutto. Both were quite good, particularly the latter; very crisp asparagus. Our server was funny and attentive without being intrusive. I have eaten at Funistrada several times and would return without hesitation. Best of luck to you.
Wonderful as Always
We have dined at Funistrata several time before and have always been very pleased, and this occasion was no exception. Excellent food, good wine, attentive staff, and charming ambience. Pricey but worth it. Definitely recommend.
Group of 4 went to Funistrada during restaurant. We all had different entrees. All were very good. Enjoyed the meal very much.
The food was outstanding and the service ...
The food was outstanding and the service excellent. We were there to celebrate a birthday and to participate in Glen Arbor's Restaurant Week.
great food, terrific family run business ...
great food, terrific family run business - we've never had a bad meal at Funistrada.
Great place to celebrate a special occasion
The food was great and the service was even better. We will go back, for sure.
Funni is consistently good, we enjoy the mid week specials during the off season for a good value. Otherwise a bit pricey. I wish most restuants had a good inexpensive house wine option or if you charge 10-12 dollars a glass it should be better than average grocery store wine.
Funistrada, please just say you don't welcome kids
We've been enjoying family meals at Funistrada for years. While Funistrada doesn't have a kids' menu, they were always happy to serve the kids a side portion of pasta with meatballs. That was perfect for their appetites, and we enjoyed having a cozy meal at what was one of our favorite neighborhood places. Over the years we've felt the welcome has worn off. In our most recent visit, our server shared that the owners have decided to no longer allow kids to order a side item or a salad as their entree. The economics of a diner not ordering an entree doesn't work for the owners. Personally I don't get this math. My daughter (who is nine) ordered an appetizer salad, plus a drink and a dessert, along with a (large) pasta side. The bill for her meal was more than it would be for an adult diner who didn't order a full three-course meal. Yet we were told for the first time (after dining here for years) that the owners won't tolerate this going forward. I am willing to bet that if a adult couple dined at Funistrada and one of them ordered the appetizer portion of lobster gnocchi as a main, plus a salad, there would be no issue. But if a nine year old does the same, we're made to feel unwelcome. Funistrada will lose out on all of our future business (including the date night meals we have without the kids)....and any positive recommendations we would have made to the many friends and family that visit the area on vacation. Even though I don't like the approach the owners are taking, it's their restaurant and they can do as they choose. My big gripe with Funistrada is....just be honest about the fact that you don't welcome kids! There are other restaurants in the area that are explicit and state upfront that they do not serve children. Funistrada, do the same. If you are ok with an adult ordering a side as a main but not with a kid doing that, just admit it. Let people know so they can make more informed decisions. You'd be doing everyone a favor.
First Time Diners....We'll Be Back
We picked the restaurant offline and decided to take a chance for one of our evenings of a weekend away. We loved it. Food was excellent and service was great. We really enjoyed our evening and we'll be back sometime soon.
Great neighborhood spot
Food was good, service too.....have been before and will be back!!!
Always top notch
We went on a Thursday and ordered the pasta for two and bottle of wine special. The food was delicious as usual. There is always a great warm and friendly feel to the restaurant and the hostess Mason and our waitress Angie were friendly and provided excellent service. I wish I could eat there more often ....every time we go there it is one of the highlights of our time up north.
recommended by the locals
A great find on a snowy Friday night. Great pasta. Great apps. Really friendly and we'll done. Reasonably priced for a cut above. I would love to visit again.
We celebrated my husband's birthday at the Funistrata! Excellent meal and service. My husband, as usual, had the the salmon with Gorgonzola sauce on pasta. His all time favorite at the Funistrata. I had one of the specials, a NY strip steak with truffle butter on top. Yummy, and I don't usually get steak at a restaurant. The pickled beet salad was very tasty, but rather vinegar-ish. Oh yes, the duck stuffed ravioli were outstanding. We have never had less than a wonderful meal there. We will be back again.
Consistently high quality food.
Consistently high quality food.
Consistently excellent food and service
Funistrada is consistent. Very good food, personal service and excellent value on the nights when the restaurant has their special menu. My friend and I have visited often on Thursday night off-season when the special features two dinners and a good bottle of wine for about $42 for two people. This special includes an adequate salad, a pasta dish that tastes fresh and home made, warm fresh bread with the appropriate dipping spices and olive oil and a reasonably good bottle of either red or white wine. We had the red and it was quite good. Additional appetizers and desserts are available beyond the nightly special and these are usually quite good even if the prices are a little on the high side. I was particularly impressed when the chilled Sambuca I ordered as an after dinner drink was served with the appropriate three floating coffee beans (Con la Mosca). Suzy was our server on our most recent visit and her service was outstanding! No request went unanswered and her personal attention to us and lively spirit added to the enjoyment of the evening (others at the restaurant could learn a thing or two from her!). We will be returning.
In a busy summer resort area Funistrada is a no fry zone and much appreciated for its wonderful pastas, seasonal selections and great food. The desserts are in house and irresistible, The Goodness shall rest in infamy.
A very welcoming and charming restaurant.
Funistrada is just a great spot for an always delightful meal. Some of the simplest dishes are the best. The wine list is excellent and filled with interesting choices of value. And if you need recommendations, ask Patricia.
Fantastic as always
We are never disappointed when we dine at Funistrada!
Not Worth a Long Drive
The service and environment were pleasant enough for a birthday or anniversary, but the food was pedestrian, especially for the price. For folks from the Traverse City, both Pepe Nero and Trattoria Stella offer a better experience for about the same price.
We love coming to dine at Funistrada when ever we are up north. Our server Angie is the best!
Best food ever around. We could not get ...
Best food ever around. We could not get a reservation in late October, all booked up but the wait was worth it. Wine was great, appetizer was great, my duck was outstanding!
Authentic Italian in NW Michigan
This was our second visit to Funistrada, and although I wouldn't say the food will make you swoon and roll your eyes in ecstasy, it was just as good and enjoyable as on our first visit. The restaurant is small, but the atmosphere is cozy without feeling cramped, which adds greatly to the authentic "Italian experience." Most of the patrons seem to be locals, and we felt a bit less welcome because of this. I understand why the staff turns up the warmth with regulars, but it does make non-regulars feel like they've crashed a private club uninvited.
My Leelanau Favorite
Funistrada is far and above my favorite restaurant in the county. The food is unbelievable (Have the veal saltimbocca. Trust me), the wine list is extensive, and the service is kind, prompt, and friendly without being overbearing. My only complaint with Funistrada is the noise level can be a little high. It's a small restaurant, and the close quarters leads to higher conversation volumes. Can't wait to go back!
Had reservations and when we showed up could not get a table and we crammed into a high top booth next to the kitchen. Slow service.
Hip, Delicious, Charming and Intimate.
This intimate restaurant has a surprisingly hip & delicious cuisine out in the middle of nowhere. The food is prepared just right, with a few Gluten-Free options, and Nitrate-Free as well. Perfect for me. The food is fresh and local. That atmosphere is friendly and charming. It is both "Up North" and "Tribeca." I will absolutely return, and recommend, too. Reservations are required b/c this place easily fills up.
Fantastic Meal, Long Overdue!
Bill's wife Pat here. Glen Arbor has been our vacation destination since 2008. We have been wanting to go to Funistrada for years. It's either been closed when we've been up here, or we didn't get there for whatever reason. We came up for four days last week and were happy to see that Funistrada had off-season specials on Wednesday and Thursdays. Thursday night is Pasta night: 2 pasta dinners & a bottle of wine for $43. We had a choice of about 13 pasta dishes, the house salad or some upgrade salads, and a bottle of Spanish red or white wine. We each upgraded to one of the specials. Bill had a cold salad/appetizer of farro, arugula, local beets, goat cheese crumbles, pistachios, and a lemony kind of sweet dressing. I had a taste; it had good, complex flavors. I opted for the romaine with warm, local beets, goat cheese crumbles, and herb vinaigrette dressing. It was so tasty! Both were excellent, and unique, despite both containing beets and goat cheese. Bill chose one of the special entrees, penne with Italian sausage, broccolini, and white beans in spicy garlic oil. He liked it enough to order it again in the future. I had another special entree, braised veal ravioli in marinara sauce. It was so delicious, I ate all of it. We had the red wine, which was surprisingly good. It was nice to be able to take the half bottle of wine that we didn't drink with us. Our dessert was perfection! It was an excellent example of panna cotta (with raspberry sauce), and a nice, light ending to the meal. We split one, which was a good idea, because I could have eaten all of it, but would have been too full after all that ravioli! We highly recommend Funistrada for an outstanding meal, and friendly, efficient service.
Another great meal
As usual, Holly and Tom's hospitality and culinary talents came together in another enjoyable evening. Service and food are always top notch, and the friendly atmosphere is the icing on the Funi cake.
Loved this place!!
Besides the fabulous food-fron salad to entree to dessert, everything was perfect!
What a treat!
Our meal was even better than expected and Sarah, was fabulous!
We had the anniversary chicken and the lemon veal. Amazing! Bread, salad were great starters. Side of pasta wonderful too. No room for dessert but they sounded terrific. Two glasses of wine. Best food of my week. Worthy of 10 stars. Great service!
Great evening with friends
Great food, service, atmosphere. All our friends raved. Acoustics better than usual, all else at the very best. The lemon, artichoke veal is fantastic!
Everything was great, until...
My wife and I have made Funistrada one of our must visit restaurants whenever we are in Glen Arbor. This is because our experience (food, atmosphere and service) there has been consistently stellar each time we have come to dine. Our latest visit on 10/18 was no different except toward the end. Once our main entrees were served to us our server stopped by once to see if everything tasted good, which of course it was fantastic. But after that, we never saw her again. Once we were finished with our meals, at least 20 minutes past before somebody other than our waitress came by to offer us dessert menus and explain that our waitress was busy helping get dishes prepared in the kitchen. My wife and I decided on what dessert we would like, but after waiting 10 more minutes, nobody came by to take our order. So we decided to ask for our check. The poor couple sitting next to us had placed an order for their dessert well ahead of us and they still had not gotten it brought out to them when we left. Suffice it to say, we were quite disappointed with our dining experience there.
A Hidden Gem in Leelanau County MI
Trattoria Funistrada is a delightful place to gather for excellent Italian food. A cosy place that welcomes you as you step inside the door. From the hostess to the wait staff everyone is cordial and hospitable. There is a nice range of food selections. Be sure to make reservations.
My wife and I enjoyed a nice evening at this restaurant. Service was excellent and the food was very good but a little on the high side price wise. There was a large group seated next to us and the noise level was fairly high until they left. We will definitely return.
Funi- Always at the top of my list
Funistrada is always at the top of my list of restaurants to consider. One can't go wrong with the regular menu items, but the daily specials are always a treat. Service is excellent, and the atmosphere is lively. I highly recommend any of the duck dishes or the Saltimbocca offerings.
Always great food and great service. Reservations are a must. Small dining area with a comfortable atmosphere.
Great as usual!
We visit this resturant every time we are in the area. Never disappointed!
What a delightful place. Everything was wonderful. Can't wait to return.
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