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Eating out with… Dr. Robert DiPilla

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The History:

When Julie Taubman hosted a dinner party for MOCAD at the Wessen Lawn Tennis Club about a year ago, the very dashing Dr. Robert DiPilla walked in and practically received a standing ovation. What is this all about, we wondered?

Well, apparently, just a week or so prior to this event, at another MOCAD party, one guest began to choke severely. And yes, Dr. DiPilla quietly, but forcefully performed the Heimlich maneuver, saving the guest and the party from imminent disaster.

We, of course, were already familiar with Dr. DiPilla’s impeccable reputation in the field of cosmetic dentistry, but we had never met him personally. We chatted and became quite friendly that night. Since then, safe to say we’ve become good friends and we know him as a generous, smart and humorous guy.

The Scene:

When we do “Eating Out With…” in The Social D, we generally like to leave the restaurant selection up to the person we’re interviewing. Funny how so many of our guests select Bella Piatti as the scene of the interview. Doesn’t bother us one bit, though, because it’s no secret that it is one of our very favorites as well. Robert DiPilla and his beautiful wife, Anabelle, can be spotted there easily several times a month.

“I’ve known Nino a long time through many of his previous businesses,” says Robert. “The hospitality here is the best. Nino and Liz are usually around and they make you feel so welcome. It’s also our go-to place for a cocktail and appetizer before an event or sometimes dessert and after dinner drinks after an event.”

On this occasion actor/model Veon Selman joined us and Anabelle popped in to say, hello.

The Fashion:

Robert DiPilla is an impeccable dresser. He takes risks with perfection, masterfully mixing fabrics, colors and patterns. He acquired his sense of style honestly. His father, his grandfather, his great grandfather and his great, great grandfather were all master tailors. He wore a beautiful lightweight Zegna cashmere blazer – a plaid pattern in muted pastels. Anabelle arrived in a flirty silk emerald green top over second-skin jeans.

The Excitement:

“I have an office in Birmingham, one in New York, and by the end of September, I’m opening a new office in downtown Detroit,” says DiPilla. “I’m very excited to be a part of the Detroit revival, and we’re bringing an environment that will be far from your typical dental office.”

The Love:

“That’s easy,” exclaims DiPilla. “Family.” Anabelle chimes in: “I love having a family. It means everything – my husband and our 15 month old son, Enzo. Everything.”

The Food:

Robert had the Orata; grilled Mediterranean sea bass that he washed down with a crisp Prosceco. Veon had the Salmon al Forno; baked salmon, white wine, Kalamata olives, capers, grape tomatoes, spinach. And I selected the Braciola Di Maiale, the most succulent roasted bone in pork chop ever, with mushrooms, gorgonzola and a marsala wine sauce.

The Recommendation:

It’s pretty obvious. We love this place. And we’re honored to know the DiPillas.

Chuck Bennett

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