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La Lanterna returns to Capitol Park Wednesday

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

When La Lanterna opens this week in Detroit’s Capitol Park, it won’t be just another restaurant for the Barbieri family.

Ed Barbieri and Ann Barbieri-Kolinski will be returning to the same city block where their grandfather Edoardo Barbieri opened a restaurant of the same name in 1956.

Their version of La Lanterna will host a “soft opening” at 3 p.m. Wednesday with dinner-only service for the first few weeks.

“I’m very happy to be back in Capitol Park, where my grandfather started everything off,” said Ed Barbieri. His family also owns and operates Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille, Da Edoardo Grosse Pointe, Cafe Nini in Grosse Pointe Farms and Da Edoardo North in Grand Blanc.

Barbieri said they’re opening without much fanfare so they have a chance to work the kinks out.

“It’ll be like a public rehearsal,” he said. “There’s going to be kinks ... even though we own four other restaurants, you don’t know the flow (yet), you got to figure it out. It’s not easy, the business is not easy.”

With seating for 63, La Lanterna’s concept is casual, with brick oven pizza and other Italian fare, plus beer, cocktails and wine by the glass or bottle. Barbieri says pricing will be competitive.

“We’re going to try to be right on the mark with the times, you don’t want to be too expensive today,” he said.

La Lanterna is at 1224 Griswold, in the Albert building. Call (313) 962-8821.

La Lanterna is one of a handful of restaurants opening in Detroit this week. Atomic Chicken (6500 Woodward) opens in New Center Wednesday with fried chicken, sandwiches and sides. Further down Woodward, Avalon Cafe and Bakery opens Friday near Campus Martius (1075 Woodward) with coffee, baked goods, pizza and beer and wine.

(313) 222-2402

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