Cantoro’s will feature grocery items imported from Italy, including cheeses and fine wines, and has a wine cellar in the basement for events. “I just want (people) to come in and hang out,” the sommelier says.
Cantoro’s Italian Market is so close to opening in Northville Township that you can almost smell the garlic, basil and oregano.
Opening day is Wednesday for the store, located at 15550 Haggerty, just north of Five Mile, the Oakland Press reports. It’s the second location for Cantoro’s, which also has a store in Livonia.
The market will employ 150 people, including grocery manager Van Karibian, a Shelby Township resident who has been stocking shelves with traditional grocery items, but also “all the neat stuff we brought up from Italy.”
“It’s going to be a destination,” Karibian said. “It’s not just going to be shopping.”
The market includes a full-service restaurant, a place where people can sit down and enoy a meal and a glass of vino, just as they would in Italy.
“We want to be a gathering place like in Italy,” said sommelier Mike Larranaga. “The markets there, they’re gathering places. I just want them to come and hang out. I want this to be a comfortable place.”
Cantoro’s also has a wine cellar – an afterthought – in the basement with club rooms that are available for special events.
“We do beautiful dinners down here,” Larranaga said.
Cantoro’s is unique concept, brought to southeast Michigan by the shop’s owners, the Fallone family, rivaling some found in New York and Chicago, Larranaga said