Restaurant Category: Italian
Located in an Italian countryside setting in Farmington Hills, Michigan. In its over four-decade long history, Café Cortina has succeeded in consistency, striving to be more than just a restaurant. Founded on the site of a former apple orchard in 1976 by the Tonon family, Café Cortina started out as a “best kept secret” restaurant that has turned into a nationally recognized foodie destination. Passion for people, ‘true’ Italian flavors, genuine hospitality, and an inspired philosophy of making a positive difference in their local community and beyond is what drives the Café Cortina team each and every day. Chef Ernesto first learned the importance of cooking with fresh ingredients from his Abuela (grandmother) when he was 13 years old. The early experiences sparked his interest in the culinary arts, and he entered the restaurant business at 15 as a prep cook. He went on to Schoolcraft College to study culinary arts. He then attended the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park New York with some of the Country’s current top chefs. The experience in New York helped further shape his passion for, and view of cooking. It was when he met the owners of Café Cortina, the Tonon’s that he recognized a shared passion for fresh ingredients, high quality food, and a desire to make the diners experience top – notch. He was placed at the helm of Café Cortina and truly appreciates the Tonon’s receptiveness to his menu idea’s, including the highly anticipated theme dinners. Chef Antopia credits the support of his family for allowing him to ascend to his current position with Café Cortina.
Café Cortina’s Italian countryside vineyard setting creates a warm and relaxed ambiance for any occasion. Indoor dining rooms and outdoor patios are the perfect setting for elegant, timeless wedding celebrations, such as engagement parties; bridal showers, rehearsal dinners or unique Wedding Receptions. Café Cortina can accommodate celebrations for 20 – 185 guests. Detailed attentive service and on premise event coordinator at no additional charge. ‘On Premise Ceremonies’ take place by the indoor or outdoors fireplaces or on the patio in warmer months for those looking for a ceremony and reception venue in the same place.
Café Cortina is also a destination for multinational corporate functions, political fundraisers, pharmaceutical seminars, community events and many other life occasions.