The Best Of Everything
Fervor For Flavor
New York-ish Bacco Ristorante brings Italian elegance.
using their own versions are
IV hen it comes to
the door to bye-bye
opening a new
restaurant, the use
The previous Ristorante Di
of a known name
locale was complete-
may not mean too much in
within ... and now
today's theme of things.
for dining at booths
But it certainly does denote
... plus another 22
something where an accompa-
area with seven
nying track record of proven
success is concerned ...
A custom-made chandelier
Knowing the ins and outs of
from the dining room's
the restaurant business can be a
ceiling ... Art on the
This is a huge reason why Bacco
Ristorante in Market Place on
Northwestern Highway in Southfield.
Northwestern Highway, between 12 and
Luciano has a passion for cooking ...
13 Mile roads in Farmington Hills, will
with preparations the way he him-
celebrate its second anniversary on
likes to enjoy food ... along with an
March 29 ... continuing to head along
to create his own dishes while
the right direction to more success.
on many others ... For these
Executive chef-owner Luciano Del
has been able to satisfy
Signore and wife, Monica, are the own-
look for Italian
ers of Bacco, which has been drawing
only raves for its fine Italian cuisine,
charming atmosphere and excellent serv-
Being invited to chef April 22 at the
Beard Foundation in New York, is
Luciano also operates Fonte D'Amore
feather in his toque ... and Bacco
in Livonia ... dividing his time with
to have someone of this caliber
Bacco but spending most of it at the
Southfield location ... caring for his
its bread and desserts ...
other love, the kitchen, while Monica,
love number one, runs the front part of
dishes, like cape-
the fine dining spot.
This is the contemporary, modern
lops with porcini and truffle cream
restaurant that both wanted ... elegant,
more in the gracious style of a New York sauce) cannot be found at too many
Italian restaurants ... Same with
dining spot ... with upscale, high-quality
Lasagnette alle Melanzane Dolci, lasagna
food and superb service without unrea-
fresh mozzarella, tomato basil and
eggplant ... a plain dish but with
There is nothing like an executive
chef-owner who watches each dish that
the .finest veal in
comes out of his kitchen when not
by Bacco ... which
made by him ... This is a priceless asset
in the restaurant game ... Detroit dining
legends like Sam Boesky at Darbys and
Les Gruber at London Chop House
Many of the Jewish notables who dine
weren't chefs, but like Luciano, they sure
Bacco have been enthused at
knew their food ... and nothing passed
ability to make dishes they
traveling through Italy ...
When it comes to this, he is in their
call him a day or two
mold ... with an ardent enthusiasm for
they'll get the
food and wine that Luciano developed
years ago as a graduate of the culinary
program at Schoolcraft College in
Livonia ... and his employment at din-
ing establishments in Italy.
Lunch, 11:30-3 Monday-Friday, and
Luciano's kitchen helpers are all
dinner 5:30-11, Monday-Saturday.
trained in his way of cooking ... Those
Following a good Italian restaurant
Luciano and Monica Del Signore
like Di Modesta is never an easy task ...
but Bacco in its almost two years of exis-
tence has proven to be even better ...
and for this, Luciano and Monica are
deserving of much prideful credit.
23 YEARS LATER ... 21 on
Greenfield in Oak Park and two in West
Bloomfield's Sugar Tree, where expan-
sion has brought him more room and
booths ... comes a first-time children's
menu for George Golematis and his
Giorgio's Gourmet Diner.
It's for kids eight and under and
includes much requested pasta among
Also new are lamb chops, grilled
salmon and Ziti Zip, George's mix of
chicken, noodles, broccoli, mushrooms,
garlic and zip sauce.
First time, too, is the early bird special
between 4-5 p.m. ... $2.50 discounted
A LOT OF INTERESTING info is
in store as Irwin Cohen, author of
Echoes ofDetroit's Jewish Communities: A
History, talks and signs his book ...
Wednesday, March 10, 7 p.m. ... at the
Oak Park Library on Oak Park
ROMANCE DEPT ... Michael
Feldman wanted his recent proposal to
Annette Fenkel to be something really
special ... so he did it with management
permission at a local theater ... Michael
waited three weeks for the right movie
and at the theater told her he was going
to buy popcorn ... Instead, Michael
worked his way to a spotlight on the
main floor and asked over a megaphone
he had purchased if she would be his
wife ... While the audience gleefully
threw popcorn and yelled, "mazel tov!"
Annette tearfully said yes.
ANYBODY GOT A GOOD enough
memory to help Randy Farb and his
wife? ... The former Detroiters now liv-
ing in Flint argue about a nightclub in
Detroit many years ago ... "We agree on
the owners, Al Green and Joe Jaffee,"
writes Randy. "We disagree about the
name of the club and its location. I
remember it as the Purple Parrot, while
my wife remembers it as the Parrot
Lounge. I also remember it being near
the old Shvitz, and she says it was some-
CONGRATS ... To Magene and Sam
Richman ... on their 65th anniversary ...
being celebrated with stay at Palm Beach
home of daughter Denise Alexander
Pyle and son-in-law Stephen Pyle ...
They'll also host Magene and Sam with
dinner for family and friends at Veranda
restaurant in Fort Myers.
REUNION DEPT ... 1964 and
1965 classes of Mumford High celebrate
their 40th and 39th anniversaries
together ... Saturday, Aug. 28 ... at the
Ford Conference and Event Center in
Dearborn ...For info on class of 1964,
call Ken Bertin, (248) 851-5010 ... Class
of 1965 should call Andrea Lewiston,
Plans by Oak Park High grads of
1964 are under way for its 40th ...
Saturday, Oct. 2 ... at Peking House in
Royal Oak ... For more info, call Caryn
Brodie Jaeger, (248) 539-1113 or email
KORN KORNER ... The young cou-
ple was engaged in a most affectionate
embrace when there came a sound of a
key in the front door. The young lady
broke away at once, eyes wide with
alarm. "Heavens!" she cried, "It's my
husband. Quick, jump out the window."
The young man, equally alarmed,
made a quick step toward the window,
then stopped, "I can't," he said. "We're
on the 13th floor."
"For heaven's sake!" cried the young
lady in exasperation. "This is no time
to be superstitious!" ❑