gus guerra's cloverleaf bar and restaurant

Cloverleaf Bar and Restaurant

It all began in 1946. The birth of ‘Detroit Style’ pizza: Gus Guerra, his traditional thick-crust family recipe, fresh cheese, premium meats. Perfection!

In 1953, Gus decided it was time to expand his legacy. He purchased the Cloverleaf Bar and Restaurant in East Detroit (now Eastpointe). The restaurant was soon packed with patrons wanting to get a slice of Detroit’s original deep dish pizza!

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As the years passed Gus and Anna’s children – the late Frank Guerra, Jack Guerra and Marie Guerra Easterby – took over running the family restaurant and keeping their parents’ legacy alive by serving their famous pizza from the authentic recipes while adding an expanded menu of Italian and American favorites.

In 1993, Cloverleaf Bar and Restaurant experienced a catastrophic fire that closed the restaurant for almost a year. But the Guerra family held strong and rebuilt, preserving as much of the original feel of the restaurant as possible. The bar was your home away from home. It was where you brought your family and it still is.

gus guerra saluteThe walls are adorned with photos and memorabilia from the Guerra family and Cloverleaf history, the tables covered in checkered table cloths, and a large roaring fireplace create a comfortable, cozy atmosphere. Every inch of the bar and restaurant makes you feel at home. From the large oak bar decorated with green Christmas lights, to the café curtains, and to the friendly staff.

The restaurant offers four different dining areas with a full-service bar, which includes high-top tables for a casual atmosphere perfect for a night out with friends, watching the big game on the big screen TVs situated behind the bar, or just lunch and drink.

For those who want a traditional sit-down meal, they offer two dining areas and an enclosed temperature-controlled patio that is open all year for those who want to dine with an outdoor view and is also perfect for private parties.

So come on in, grab a drink and sit down to enjoy one of the famous Detroit original style pizzas, fresh-made salads, delicious whipped cheesecake or many other tasty menu items!

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Gus Guerra: A True Detroit Original

Have you ever noticed that across the nation, pizza tops nearly everyone’s favorite food list — and everyone has an opinion on what is the best? But, when it comes to pizza, do you know Gus? If you don’t then you may just be missing out on the best slice of Detroit square pizza history!

Gus Guerra is known as the Father of Detroit square pizza and it is Gus’ family recipe that is “The pizza everyone copies, but no one equals.” This famous original Guerra family recipe is still served exactly the same today at Cloverleaf Bar & Restaurant and Cloverleaf Pizza carryout locations as when Gus first served it in 1946 as the original owner of Buddy’s Rendezvous on Conant in Detroit, where it was love at first bite for customers!

So go ahead, read on about Who Gus Is and then visit Cloverleaf Bar & Restaurant in Eastpointe for a slice of pizza heaven – Gus Guerra’s original square pizza. You’ll be glad you did!



The Father of Detroit’s Original Square Pizza

In 1946 pizza wasn’t being served at many places in Detroit but soon many took their first bite of what is now famously known as Detroit-style pizza when Cloverleaf founder, Gus Guerra and his wife Anna (Passalacqua) first introduced her mother’s recipe – the thick crusted, square pie topped first with a layer of cheese followed with a layer of tomato sauce – at their first bar Buddy’s Rendezvous. Gus Guerra sold Buddy’s in 1953 along with his pizza recipe and purchased Cloverleaf Bar in East Detroit, now known as the City of Eastpointe. Cloverleaf has grown from a small neighborhood bar which Gus described as looking like “a little white farm house” into the Eastside institution it is today.

Since Gus Guerra introduced the square pizza to Detroit, many establishments began making the square pizza but it has been said this original recipe is “The one everyone copies but no one equals.” To this day, Buddy’s Pizza credits Gus as the founder of Detroit square pizza.


Award-Winning Pizza Since 1946

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Throughout the years Cloverleaf has received many awards for their famous pizza, including the most recent honor of being named one of the 101 Best Pizzas in America by the Daily Meal in 2013.

Other awards and accolades Cloverleaf has received include: 1st place at the International Pizza Challenge in the Non-Traditional category in the region in 2011, and being named among the Top 10 pizzas in Detroit as well as taking home the 1st place North American Pizza Pizzazz™ honor in 2009.


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Appetizers

    • $ 10.95

Combo Platter

Potato skins with cheese & bacon, homemade mozzarella sticks & battered mushrooms.

    • $ 7.25

Spinach Artichoke Dip

A mouthwatering combination of artichokes & a special blend of cheeses. Served with nacho chips. Pita bread add .50 extra

    • $ 7.25

Breaded Calamari Rings

Breaded rings served with a garlic tomato sauce (marinara) for dipping.

    • $ 5.25

Homemade Potato Puffs

Beer-battered red skinned potatoes deep-fried and sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

    • $ 9.95

Nachos Grande

Nacho chips, Monterey Jack cheese, seasoned beef, black olives, jalapeños, tomatoes and onion. Served with salsa and sour cream. Choice of shredded Monterey Jack or cheese sauce.

    • $ 6.95

Chicken Fingers

A generous portion of crispy chicken fingers.

    • $ 6.95

Chicken Wings (8)

A Cloverleaf favorite! Add BBQ sauce for .50 extra

    • $ 5.95

Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Seasoned and stuffed with Krab meat.

    • $ 4.50

Large Crunchy Crust

A Cloverleaf favorite!

    • $ 6.50

Battered Mushrooms

A generous amount of large fresh mushrooms battered and deep-fried. A Cloverleaf favorite!

    • $ 5.25

Garlic Bread

Our home-baked bread smothered with garlic butter and mozzarella cheese.

    • $ 5.99

Mozzarella Sticks

Homemade. Our pizza cheese dipped in egg and coated with Italian breadcrumbs.

    • $ 5.75

Pub Pickles

Dill pickles coated with Italian breadcrumbs and deep-fried to perfection.

    • $ 5.95

Potato Skins

Four crispy potato skins fried to a golden brown the way you like them. Cheese, bacon or broccoli add 1.00 each

    • $ 2.75

Regular Fries

Salads

    • $ 7.50
      small
    • $ 11.50
      large

Greek Salad

Garden Greens with sliced beets, feta cheese, red onions, black olives, green olives & hot peppers. Served with delicious Greek dressing.

    • $ 7.50
      small
    • $ 11.50
      large

Antipasto Salad

A favorite of the Leaf!The perfect appetizer or side dish with your pizza or dinner. Fresh lettuce topped with ham, salami, pepperoncini, cucumbers, tomatoes, black olives, green olives, chi-chi beans, provolone & mozzarella cheese. Tossed with Italian dressing.

    • $ 7.75

Crunchy Chicken Salad

Chicken Fingers, cucumbers, tomatoes & cheddar Jack cheese.

    • $ 7.75

Chicken Caesar Salad

    • $ 2.95

Dinner Salad

    • $ 1.95

Cole Slaw

Homemade Soups

    • $ 3.50

Soups of the Day

Minestrone and Italian Sausage

    • $ 4.25

French Onion Au Gratin

    • $ 4.25

Fri Clam Chowder

Italian Classics

    • $ 13.50

Chicken Siciliano

Italian breaded chicken breast sautéed and served with a sensational garlic tomato sauce and a side of pasta with meat sauce.

    • $ 13.95

Baked Asiago Chicken Pasta

Tender chicken breast in a mouthwatering sun-dried tomato and Asiago cheese sauce with crushed red peppers. Topped with baked Asiago cheese.

    • $ 13.50
      Chicken
    • $ 15.50
      Veal

Veal or Chicken Parmigiana

Tender and flavorful veal or chicken sautéed, blanketed with mozzarella in a tasty meat sauce. Served with a side of pasta.

    • $ 11.50

Eggplant Parmesan

A Cloverleaf Favorite! Garden Fresh eggplant layered with mozzarella cheese and our rich marinara sauce. (Meat sauce on request) Served with a side of pasta.

    • $ 13.50

Chicken Marsala

Chicken sautéed in a creamy wine and mushroom sauce. Served with a side of pasta.

    • $ 11.95

Homemade Lasagna*

Layered with ricotta and ground beef. Topped with mozzarella cheese and meat sauce.

    • $ 11.95

Stuffed Pasta Shells (3 Choices!)

Italian shells filled with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan. Layered with meat sauce and topped with mozzarella. Stuffing Choices: •Mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan •Spinach ricotta •Italian sausage

    • $ 11.50

Ravioli Ala Anna*

Delicious meat or cheese filled ravioli covered with our homemade sauce of your choice.

    • $ 8.99

Baked Macaroni*

Our homemade version of American macaroni and cheese prepared Italian Style with an intriguing blend of cheeses.

Create Your Own Pasta

Dinner 9.25 Lunch/Light Fare 7.50

Choose your favorite pasta & your favorite sauce. Meats & baked cheese additionally priced. Includes our famous Crunchy Crust and choice of soup or salad.

Pastas (Choose 1)

Mostaccioli • Ziti • Angel Hair • Spaghetti • Fettuccine • Bow Tie

Sauces (Choose 1)

Marinara • Alfredo • Meat • Creamy Asiago • Garlic & Olive Oil • Roasted Red Pepper

Veggies (Choose Up To 2)

Fresh Garlic • Diced Tomatoes • Sun-Dried Tomatoes • Red Onion • Broccoli • Spinach • Mushrooms • Mixed Vegetables • Asparagus (add 1.75) • Black Olives • Artichokes • Fresh Basil

Meats (Additional Charge)

Chicken 2.75 • Italian Sausage 2.75 • Meatballs 2.75 • Shrimp 5.25

Baked Cheese (Additional Charge)

Mozzarella 2.50 • Provolone 2.50 • Asiago 2.50 • Cheddar Jack 2.50 • Swiss 2.50 • Shredded Parmesan 2.50 • Smoked Pepperjack 2.50

Dinners

    • $ 15.99

Jack Daniels N.Y. Strip*

N.Y. Strip marinated in our homemade flavorful Jack Daniel's sauce. Served with your choice of potato. Regular N.Y. Strip available upon request.

    • $ 11.95

Ribs*

Half slab of tender, barbequed ribs cooked to perfection. Served with your choice of potato.

    • $ 15.99

Sicilian Steak*

N.Y. Strip lightly breaded and cooked to perfection. Served with a side of pasta and tomato garlic sauce for dipping.

Seafood

    • $ 13.99

Lake Perch

A favorite at the Leaf! Lightly floured lake perch sautéed in olive oil and garlic butter.

    • $ 13.99

Batter Fried Shrimp

Large, tasty shrimp deep fried to a golden brown and served with homemade cocktail sauce.

    • $ 10.50

A Taste of Britain

Fish fillets battered and fried to a golden brown.

    • $ 12.99

Broiled Cod

Cod filet dusted with cracker crumbs and broiled to perfection.

Burgers

Create your favorite burger!

All burger orders include tomato, lettuce and french fries.

$6.95 (1/3 lb.)

Choose your Burger: Regular or Jack Daniel’s

Add .75 for Each Garnish or Cheese: American, Mozzarella, Cheddar Jack, Asiago, Swiss, Provolone, Parmesan, Smoked Pepperjack Cheese, Fresh Guacamole, Mushrooms, Jalapeños or Onions. Bacon add 1.50.

* At your request, these items are cooked to order. Steaks or hamburgers when undercooked or raw, may cause a food-borne illness. This reminder identifies the increased risk associated with consuming raw or undercooked animal-based products. For this reason, we choose to protect our customers and not serve potentially-hazardous foods rare.

Paninis

Served with homemade macaroni & cheese

$8.50

Choose your panini. Your choice of:

  • Chicken and mozzarella with fresh basil
  • Chicken, cheddar cheese and barbeque sauce
  • Ham, mozzarella and pineapple
  • Sliced turkey and mozzarella cheese with fresh basil

Choose your own homeade bread (baked daily):

  • Garlic and onion topped with parmesan cheese
  • Jalapeño, topped with cheddar cheese
  • Sun-dried tomato topped with Asiago cheese
  • Bacon and garlic

Sandwiches

    • $ 8.50

Our Turkey Club

A triple-decker club with crisp bacon, turkey, garden fresh lettuce, tomatoes and mayo piled high on toast.

    • $ 7.95

Gus' Special

Hot corned beef covered with melted mozzarella cheese served on an onion roll. A Cloverleaf Favorite!

    • $ 7.95

Deli Corned Beef (cold sandwich)

Corned beef, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and thousand island dressing on rye bread (cold sandwich).

    • $ 7.75

Open-Face Chicken Pita

Chicken, lettuce, tomato, onions & American cheese on a pita.

    • $ 7.75

Sausage Sub

Grilled Italian sausage, green peppers, onions and melted mozzarella cheese. Served with meat sauce on a sub roll.

    • $ 7.50

Philly Steak & Cheese

Philly steak, cheese, fresh sliced green peppers and onions on a homemade sub roll.

    • $ 8.50

Reuben

Corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut grilled to a golden brown served on rye bread.

Pizza

NOW SERVING GLUTEN FREE PIZZA!*

Small Cheese Gluten Free Pizza $8.05*

*Additional charge for toppings.

Pizza Choices

Our original pizza recipe calls for baking time of approximately 25 minutes, so sit back and relax and wait for a truly memorable pizza experience!

**Premium Toppings: Bacon, Ground Beef, Seasoned Beef, Italian Sausage

Additional Toppings

Pepperoni, Extra Cheese, Hot Peppers, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Ham, Anchovies, Seasoned Beef**, Green Pepper, Pineapple, Alfredo Sauce, Tomatoes, Spinach, Garlic, Ground Beef**, Black or Green Olives, Feta Cheese, Italian Sausage**, Bacon**, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Fresh Basil (seasonal), Artichokes, Onions, Chicken: add 1.99 for small pizza, add 3.99 for large pizza.

New! Old-Fashioned Small Pepperoni

Small $1.35 • Large $2.49

Homemade fresh bread basket with pizza add $1.75

*We strive to prevent cross-contamination in our gluten-free items; we cannot guarantee that this will not occur.

Specialty Pizza

    • $ 8.99
      small
    • $ 14.99
      large

Bruschetta Pizza

Premium blend of cheeses, tomato, basil, fresh garlic and parmesan Even better with chicken! Add Chicken: Sm. 1.99 Lg. 3.99

    • $ 8.99
      small
    • $ 14.99
      large

Hawaiian Pizza

Premium blend of cheeses, ham, bacon and pineapple.

    • $ 8.99
      small
    • $ 14.99
      large

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Premium blend of cheeses, chicken, red onion and barbeque sauce.

    • $ 8.99
      small
    • $ 14.99
      large

Supreme Pizza

Premium blend of cheeses, pepperoni, ham, mushrooms, green peppers and onions.

    • $ 8.99
      small
    • $ 14.99
      large

BLT Pizza

Premium blend of cheeses and bacon topped with mayo, lettuce and tomatoes.

Tidbits

Sunday Dinner Buffet (Sunday 12pm-7pm)

Adults (no sharing please) $9.75 • Kids ages 10 and under $5.99

Monday Buffet (5pm-8pm)

Adults $7.99 • Kids ages 10 and under $5.99

Lunch Deal

Quick Lunch Buffet

Monday-Friday 11am-2pm, Saturday 12pm-3pm
Pizza, Pasta, Salad, Crunchy Crust and More! Adults $7.25 • Kids ages 10 and under $4.99

Price Slice

Monday-Friday Only 11am-2pm
Two slices of cheese and pepperoni pizza, a baby antipasto salad and a bread basket. $5.99

Desserts

Our Homemade Whipped Cheesecake • Homemade Oreo Whipped Cheesecake

Beverages

Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Mountain Dew, Ginger Ale, Root Beer, Milk, Jones Soda, Iced Tea, Chocolate Milk, Pink Lemonade, Coffee, Hot Tea, Orange, Tomato, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Apple and Cranberry Juices

Complimentary Refills on coffee, lemonade, iced tea & fountain drinks only.

Bar & Restaurant Hours

  • Monday-Wednesday: 11am – 10pm
  • Thursday: 11am – 11pm
  • Friday-Saturday: 11am – 12am
  • Sunday: Noon – 9pm

Phone Number

586-777-5391

Location Map

24443 Gratiot Avenue, Eastpointe, MI 48021