By KURT NAGL
- Italian restaurant with banquet, private seating to open in Troy
- Terrace and outdoor bocce court planned
- It will be second restaurant in Cantoro portfolio
A new Italian restaurant is planned for the former home of Tre Monti Ristorante behind the San Marino Club in Troy.
Brothers John and Michael Fallone are planning an early May opening for the 10,000-square-foot Cantoro Italian Trattoria at 1695 E. Big Beaver Road, which will be the second restaurant in the second-generation family business’ portfolio. They also own the Cantoro Italian Market and Trattoria in Plymouth and another market in Livonia.
Cantoro of Troy will follow the recipe of its other locations: simple, casual Italian, said Michael Fallone, 39.
“We pretty much want to stick with a more traditional feel,” he said. “That’s why we call it trattoria – simple, not very elegant; simple pastas and pizzas, your typical Italian food.”
The new restaurant will offer lunch, dinner and banquet dining with a menu of authentic Italian cuisine, steaks, seafood and a full liquor, wine and beer list. The design by Birmingham-based Studio H2G is contemporary and informal, seating 120 in the main dining room, 20 at the bar, 125 in the banquet room and 80 in an outdoor courtyard. There are also plans for a 20-seat private cellar, 40-seat terrace boardroom and outdoor bocce court.
Planning for the restaurant began about eight months ago when the San Marino Club approached the Fallones about opening a restaurant. Build-out began after the new year, Michael Fallone said.
Crews are overhauling the space with the goal of opening it up and creating a light, airy atmosphere.
“We kind of took what was there and we are elaborating on it,” he said.
Fallone declined to say how much they are investing in the space. Birmingham-based Tri Phase Construction is assisting in the build-out.
The owners expect to employ 50 workers at the new restaurant.
The trattoria will be open for dinner initially and plans to add lunch later this year.
Cantoro’s general manager and head chef will be Jeffrey Jepko Valente, who has a robust resume heading up local restaurants. He was executive chef and president of Little Italy and Hutton Street in Northville, general manager of Pizza Biga/Bigalora and executive chef and managing partner of Ristorante Villa Maria in West Bloomfield among others.
Tre Monti closed a year ago for remodeling and construction just six months after undergoing extensive changes under a new general manager and executive chef who departed from the restaurant’s classic Italian menu.
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.
This article was written for Crain’s Detroit Business and was posted here.