After a 22-year run, chef Luciano DelSignore’s Bacco Ristorante is closing its doors permanently, the restaurant announced Wednesday. The Southfield eatery will be having its final serving on March 23.
Established in 2002, Bacco received many accolades since, including a coveted spot on “America’s Top Restaurants” in the 2011 Zagat Guide; and lest we mention being named Hour Detroit’s 2005 Restaurant of the Year. It inspired our then-food critic Christopher Cook to write:
“Bacco is a meteor. A top-end, modern Italian restaurant that has excelled so much and so fast in its two-plus years that it could easily be dropped, as it is, into London, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco and still be competitive in those markets.”
In recent years, DelSignore has found success with other metro Detroit restaurant concepts. He founded Bigaloria Wood Fired Cucina in 2010, a casual eatery known for its rustic thin-crust pizzas, with four current locations in Southfield, Royal Oak, Plymouth, and Ann Arbor.
In 2019, he founded Birmingham’s Casa Peroni, a fine dining restaurant, with James Beard winner Takashi Yagihashi (Yagihashi would depart after three months to tend to his Chicago restaurants, the Detroit News reported).
DelSignore was also an early mentor to Anthony Lambardo, executive chef of Detroit’s Shewolf and a two-time James Beard semifinalist. Lambardo worked in the kitchen for five years. In a statement, he called Bacco “one of the most important restaurants in Michigan” since its inception.
“My time cooking in the Bacco kitchen was formative years in my culinary career and there is influence of that all over the Shewolf menu. Bacco will truly be missed,” he said in the statement.