The Barbieri family is going back to its roots, opening La Lanterna pizzeria in Detroit’s Capitol Park this spring.
The restaurant will be across the street from where Edoardo Barbieri opened the original La Lanterna location in 1956. Son Edward Barbieri Jr. said he hopes to open the new upscale pizzeria by early April.
The original restaurant opened in what is now the Malcolmson Building. In 1978, the Barbieris opened the first Da Edoardo restaurant in Grosse Pointe Woods.
“We tried to get the original location, but it was taken,” Barbieri Jr. said. “I remember what downtown Detroit was like then. I wanted to pay a bit of homage to my father with this restaurant.”
The pizzeria is 1,600 square feet in The Albert building at 1224 Griswold St. It has 57 seats and a full bar.
The menu will include traditional northern Italian fare: pizza, pasta dishes, salads and appetizers, Barbieri said. Entrees will range from $13 to $19.
The Barbieri family owns four other restaurants in the state: Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille near the Fox Theatre, Da Edoardo Grosse Pointe, Da Edoardo North in Grand Blanc and Café Nini in Grosse Pointe.
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