The Tonon family runs this beautiful restaurant, and I love to dine here. My husband and I enjoy romantic dinners here, and we love the food, service, and wine selection. I believe this is the best Italian restaurant in Metro Detroit, and WDIV says they're the best romantic restaurant, and I agree! Yes, it is more expensive than say, Buca Di Beppo, but I wouldn't compare a family owned restaurant with fresh, garden grown herbs to a national chain with prepackaged ingredients! The veal here is fabulous, as is the eggplant parmigian-my two favorite foods. The service is impeccable-they are Zagat rated, and more importantly, my Italian friends recommend this restaurant to everyone. We needed a gift for a couple for their wedding anniversary, and we chose Cafe Cortina gift certificates, because they're discerning people who expect the best, and we knew they'd be happy here. It's important that if you have any problems with waitstaff or the food, that you notify the Tonons immediately. They will see that you are satisfied, and it allows them to prevent a problem for anyone else. Sometimes I think the people who rate here are from other restaurants, or just expect an "Olive Garden" menu; they won't find a chain experience here, and I would hope that anyone looking for that go to the chain, where they'll get what they want! I prefer locally owned restaurants with locally grown ingredients, and that's why I go here.
31005 Orchard Lake RdFarmington Hills, MI 48334
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This is the best place for homemade foods. Melt in your mouth fresh bread with every meal. Even the kids menu spoils the younger crowd. Not a box premade restaurant like Olive Garden. Here Everything is freshly made. I can taste the olive oil even on the pizza. excellent service. Our server's name was Susan....very friendly and welcoming...knew the best way to treat customers. Family friendly and fine dining plus a small intimate bar for those wanting a break. Great choice to dress up or down. Try it and you will taste and see the way a restaurant should be. PS very good prices for the budget.
My family has been to this restaurant on several occasions. We really love the ambiance, food, and usually the service. However, we have, on occasion had a slow or unattentive waiter. These things happen sometimes and the owners were very appologetic and treated us with free deserts (which were Also Delicious!) Well definitely return again and again!