By: R.J. KING
Cantoro Italian Market and Trattoria in Plymouth Township today announced it will open a new trattoria at 1695 E. Big Beaver Road in Troy, behind the San Marino Club in the space formerly occupied by Tre Monti. The announcement was made by Cantoro Italian Market and Trattoria owners and brothers John and Michael Fallone.
The Troy location, Cantoro Italian Trattoria, is the second trattoria for the Cantoro brand. The first is a restaurant attached to a 55,000-square-foot Italian market at Five Mile and Haggerty roads. The company also operates a market in Livonia.
A second-generation family business, the Troy Cantoro trattoria will offer lunch, dinner, and banquet dining with Italian cuisine including steaks and seafood, house-made pastas, soups, pizzas, and desserts. In addition, the restaurant will offer a large selection of wine and a full liquor and beer menu in a contemporary, informal setting.
The 10,000 square-foot, multiple-room trattoria will include: seating for 120 in the main dining room featuring two fireplaces, with an additional 20 seats at the bar; a 125-seat banquet room; an 80-seat outdoor courtyard with an adjacent outdoor Bocce court; a 20-seat private dining room/wine cellar for exclusive wine diners; and a 40-seat terrace boardroom for corporate events.
“My family is pleased to grow our Cantoro Italian Trattoria dining experience,” says John Fallone. “The location is surrounded by a dense business and residential community that is culturally diverse — including a strong Italian population — who all love great food. Diners will love our brighter, complete redesign and remodel of the space.”
Design work is in progress with a grand opening slated for May. Approximately 50 new jobs will be created. Cantoro Italian Trattoria in Troy will offer the same lunch and dinner menus available at the Trattoria in Plymouth Township.
“We have chosen this location so we can be even more accessible to our loyal patrons from Oakland and Macomb counties and beyond,” says Michael Fallone. “Big Beaver Road has evolved into Michigan’s world-class boulevard surrounded by major businesses and a vibrant residential community that we are looking forward to be a part of. Additionally, The San Marino Club (which owns the property) has been very welcoming, we already feel like family here.”
The general manager is Jeffrey Jepko Valente, former executive chef and president of Little Italy and Hutton Street in Northville; general manager of Pizza Biga/Bigalora; executive chef of Too Ra Loo Corner Grill and Bar in Rochester; and executive chef and managing partner of Ristorante Villa Maria in West Bloomfield Township; Ristorante diMaria, West Bloomfield Township; and La Luna Grancafe in Birmingham.
San Marino Club President Leo Ciavatta saysd the Cantoro Italian Trattoria will breathe new life into the vacant building on the grounds of the club. San Marino is a country located in central Italy. “Our members couldn’t be happier to welcome Cantoro into the San Marino Club family,” says Ciavatta. “We are excited for the love of Italian food and wine the Fallone family will bring here.”
The new space is being designed by Nick Giammarco, creative principal/retail strategies at Studio H2G in Birmingham, who also designed the Plymouth trattoria. “The Troy trattoria is the cousin of the Plymouth Township location in that the design will align with the high-quality the Cantoro brand consistently delivers upon,” Giammarco says. “The design is modern, contemporary, warm, and friendly.”
The building was originally designed as a clubhouse for The San Marino Club members. The club originated in 1938 in Detroit and relocated to Troy 39 years later.
Dinner will be served 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The trattoria will open for lunch later this year.
In 1967, Mario Fallone acquired Cantoro Italian Market in Detroit (since closed). Eight years later, he moved the operation to Livonia. Specializing in Italian food and wine, much of which is imported directly from Italy, the family-owned company (with sons John and Michael Fallone) opened its 55,000-square-foot market and Trattoria in Plymouth Township in March 2014.
Cantoro Italian Market offers fresh produce, a large prepared foods section, as well as a bakery, event planning, housewares, hundreds of cheeses, homemade pasta, gelato, and more. The Troy location will not include a market. There is a growing trend in metro Detroit of upscale markets adding prime restaurants.
This article was written for DBusiness and was posted here.