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About

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Circa mid 1950’s – Mario is the first one on the left, lower level.

Our History

Mario Fallone’s accomplishment of the “American Dream” has been driven by perseverance, sacrifice and a love for what he does.

Born in San Elia, Italy during World War II, Mario came to America in the early 1950’s, settling down in Detroit. This is where he gained his first experience in the grocery and sales industries — the foundation for what would be his future legacy.

In 1968, with professional experience under his belt and his feet firmly planted in the Detroit area, Mario purchased Cantoro Italian Market. In 1974, Mario purchased a lot located in the heart of Livonia, which is now the Livonia Cantoro Italian Market.

Today, with the help and support of his wife Pasqualina “Pat,” the Cantoro Italian Market is a true Detroit family business, local favorite and American success story that remains a family endeavor. Their two sons, John and Michael, oversee day-to-day operations and their son-in-law, Edie, oversees the Livonia store.

 

Alex Bazzy

Alex Bazzy

Trattoria General Manager & Sommelier
Van Karibian

Van Karibian

Grocery Manager
David Oliver

David Oliver

Trattoria Manager
Anthony Calabrese

Anthony Calabrese

Executive Chef
Tom Newsted

Tom Newsted

Retail Beverage Director & Sommelier
Shirina Perna

Shirina Perna

Bakery Manager
Katie Klann

Katie Klann

Pastry Chef