Da Edoardo Restaurants

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DaEdoardo Restaurants: Bringing A Taste of Fine Northern Italian Cuisine to You

For over 50 years, the Barbieri family’s restaurants have been a hallmark of the metro-Detroit dining industry. The family’s restaurant portfolio proudly features a Northern Italian menu at four locations: Da Edoardo Grosse Pointe, Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille in Downtown Detroit, Da Edoardo North in Grand Blanc, and Café Nini in Grosse Pointe. The restaurants continue to be owned and operated by three generations of Barbieri restaurateurs. The Da Edoardo family of restaurants have been recipients of many awards including:

  • 2013 Grosse Pointe Award
  • 2012 Restaurateur of the Year by Michigan Food and Beverage Association
  • 2012 Top-Rated Restaurant by Restaurant.com
  • Best Italian, 2008, 2011, 2012 & 2013 by ZAGAT

History:

Edoardo Barbieri, founder of the Da Edoardo restaurants in Michigan, immigrated to the Detroit area after the end of World War II. He served in the Italian army in North Africa when he was captured by allied forces and then sent to the United States in a series of prisoner war camps located in Las Vegas, Fort Wayne and Detroit. Assigned to the Mess Hall, Edoardo cooked himself into a new profession.

After the war, Edoardo and his fiancé, Ann Moceri, returned to Modena in the Emilia Romagnia region of Italy – the land of Enzio Ferrari and Luciano Pavarotti. It was there that the young couple was married. Shortly after, they returned to America to begin a new life. With them, they brought recipes and hope.

Edoardo found work at the Diplomat restaurant located on Second Avenue in Downtown Detroit. In 1951, he became co-owner of Luigi’s Restaurant. In 1956 he opened La Lanterna in downtown Detroit and 13 years later his son, Ed, joined the business. In May of 1978, father and son opened the original Da Edoardo in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. The Grosse Pointe location serves the family’s special recipes, including three pasta sauces that are now available at specialty food markets in the Detroit area.

In the mid 1980’s Ed’s daughter, Ann, and son, Edward Barbieri III, joined the business. Both of the Barbieri siblings honed their restaurateur skills at the elbow of their father and grandfather. As teenagers they washed dishes and bussed tables at the Grosse Pointe location. Today, Ann Barbieri-Kolinski operates the Foxtown Grille and Eddie Barbieri works as executive chef and manager of the Grand Blanc (North) location. Three generations of the Barbieri family continue the tradition of serving fresh Italian recipes in a warm and comfortable setting.

Da Edoardo Grosse Pointe:

Da Edoardo Grosse Pointe has been a place for families to go together since 1978. In the past 37 years the Barbieri family has taken great pride in the fact that they have cared for generations of families. Children that once came in are now bringing their children to dine at DaEdoardos. Customers quickly become family at Da Edoardo Restaurants and they are treated as such.

The décor at Da Edoardo Grosse Pointe is in a word: luxurious. The décor at DaEdoardo Grosse Pointe truly makes guests feel that they are dining at a true Italian trattoria nestled in one of the Detroit area’s premier cities. The booths are wrapped in deep mahogany leather and the wooden beamed ceilings make the space cozy and comfortable while Eclectic Italian art adorns the rustic brick walls. Fireside booths are romantic and intimate and are guaranteed to make any evening dining fireside at DaEdoardos a memorable one.

Da Edoardo Grosse Pointe features three elegant rooms for private affairs. The dining rooms are richly decorated and ornately accented by wooden ceilings, beautiful chandeliers and mirrored walls. Guests can reserve one of the rooms for your next event by contacting Ed Barbieri at 313-881-8540. In addition to specialized catering menus, Da Edoardo Grosse Pointe offers private dining. You may choose a custom menu, or order from the a la carte menu. Call us today for details.

Da Edoardo North (Grand Blanc):

Da Edoardo North is located in Grand Blanc, MI which is approximately 30 miles north of Detroit. Grand Blanc – a city famous for hosting the PGA Buick Open – is a perfect location for Da Edoardo North. The restaurant which overlooks a small lake provides a relaxing place for those who want a quick getaway. In the summer the restaurant’s private deck is open for Italian al fresco dining.

The restaurant’s cozy and elegant ambience is enhanced by a rich wooden bar that is perfect for drinks after work, or dessert and cordials after the movies. The interior is comfortable and inviting and the staff is always friendly and helpful.

Da Edoardo North also has a private dining room equipped with AV equipment perfect for your next business meeting. The private room boasts a lake view which also makes it a perfect place for wedding showers, baby showers, or any other intimate gathering of friends and family. For more information or to schedule your event, contact Eddie Barbieri at 810-694-1300.


Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille:

Considered to be one of Detroit’s premiere restaurants Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille – located in the historic Fox Theatre District – has been a mainstay in Downtown Detroit since 2001 serving up the very best in award-winning Northern Italian cuisine. A favorite destination of metro-Detroiters, downtown locals, theater-goers, sports fans and those simply looking for a great night out, Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille is one of the Barbieri family’s four Michigan restaurants and is owned and operated by brother and sister, Ed Barbieri and Ann Barbieri Kolinski.  

Along with their exquisite menu, The Foxtown Grille is surrounded by windows which offer amazing views of the bustling downtown along Woodward Avenue as it is within walking distance from Comerica Park, Ford Field, Fillmore Theatre, and more. The restaurant was recently renovated to include refinished floors, updated elegant bathrooms, new upholstery for table and bar seating, and the restaurant is freshly painted throughout and the walls are adorned with beautiful black & white images of famous Italian Americans, including Frank Sinatra, Isabella Rossellini, Madonna, and more.

The restaurant also offers shuttle service available to Joe Louis Arena for Detroit Red Wings hockey games.

Café Nini:

This small room, which began as a coffeehouse and almost immediately segued into a full-fledged restaurant, quickly became a popular spot in Grosse Pointe. The room has an appealing energy and intimacy – with 38 seats around tables nestled close together. The well-prepared menu is the right length for a bite-size restaurant that includes eight appetizers, a half-dozen pasta dishes and five main plates, including notable favorite, tournedos di vitello, medallions of veal filet in a fresh mushroom sauce. Cafe Nini is named for Alicia (Nini) Barbieri, the third generation of the Da Edoardo restaurant family.