Southfield’s Bacco Ristorante to Remain Open for NFL Draft

The Italian eatery was Hour Detroit’s 2005 Restaurant of the Year.
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Chef Luciano DelSignore opened Bacco Ristorante back in 2002. The Italian restaurant will close its doors on April 28 // Photograph courtesy of Bacco Ristorante

The farewell tour is far from over — Bacco Ristorante, has announced it will continue to operate through April 28. The decision comes in part due to customer demand, and in part due to the anticipated increase in tourist traffic in metro Detroit from next month’s National Football League Draft, a spokesperson for the Southfield restaurant said.

Bacco initially planned to host its final dinner on March 23. After a 22-year run, chef-owner Luciano DelSignore is closing its doors permanently, the restaurant first announced in January. The draft will take place downtown April 25-27 and is expected to attract 300,000 visitors.

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.

This post has been updated from Jan. 24 to reflect the restaurant’s extended schedule. 

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