If the ìshoeî fits wear it, as the saying goes. And like slipping on a pair of handcrafted Italian loafers, visit CafÈ Cortina for a feeling of classic style, familiarity and comfort. For nearly 40 years the restaurant has made mealtime a memorable respite and fitting occasion for diners.Well-manicured grounds on top of a former apple orchard are reminiscent of Tuscan vineyards that welcome guests. Fresh vegetables and herbs like arugula, radicchio, basil, pumpkins, peppers, heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and more grow in CafÈ Cortinaís gardens. A spacious patio offers al fresco dining during warm months and wood-burning fires share extra layers when itís cold outside.ìWe are passionate about our food and ambiance, and want our guests to have ënon-genericí experiences. We also strive to be a place for people to slow down and enjoy themselves,î said Owner Rina Tonon.While guests kick back, Tonon and staff operate behind the scenes. She and her late husband Adriano, an Italian immigrant, set a strong work ethic nearly 40 years ago. They started CafÈ Cortina following the infamous riots of early 1970s Detroit and after initial rejection from lenders. From that turbulence sprang her Farmington Hills oasis. ìQuality dining at any restaurant starts with owner involvement. We roll up our sleeves and set the example for our staff every single day,î said Tonon.Each dish prepared at CafÈ Cortina is carefully made from scratch. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients are key to full flavors. Tonon describes her menu as eclectic, as well as authentic. Black Angus steaks are aged 59 days. Fresh seafood such as Chilean Sea Bass is flown in several times per week. Handmade pastas like Pappardelle with Bolognese Sauce are assembled tableside and served by attentive, Italian speaking staff. They even have an 80-pound wheel for mixing fresh pasta with Parmesan and pepper for an ideal amount of seasoning.ìThis takes time and attention but our food represents the full passion that we have for our restaurant and for our guests, and itís well worth it,î said Tonon. For favorite dishes, she points to their Saffron Risotto. Tonon says this entrÈe holds true to how risotto is traditionally made in Italyósimple and not over- or under-cooked. Small production, carefully selected Italian wines are paired and poured to complement traditional flavors.Travelers to Detroit will be in good company. Corporate diners as well as guests and their families from Europe and Asia frequent the restaurant for its authenticity and charm. This inviting Italian ristorante awaits your arrival. So, put on a comfy pair of shoes, stop in, slow down and relax. You will be at ease at CafÈ Cortina.
30715 W 10 Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48336