Wine Spectator Honors Cantoro Trattoria With 2017 Award of Excellence

Cantoro Italian Market & Trattoria announced that Wine Spectator magazine has bestowed its Trattoria with a 2017 Award of Excellence. The lifestyle publication, which focuses on wine and wine culture, praised restaurants from all 50 states and 75 countries that have outstanding wine programs.

The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style, satisfying discerning wine lovers. Cantoro was among the 457 eateries worldwide who received the award for the first time.

Cantoro Trattoria has a continuously changing list of hundreds of wines in its dining room and downstairs “Cantina,” as well as for sale in the market. In addition, the Cantina houses several “highly allocated” wines that the beverage team, which includes Sommeliers Alex Bazzy and Tom Newstead, purchase whenever there is an opportunity. Many wines on Cantoro’s list are from California and Italy, where Co-Owner Mike Fallone visits annually to handpick which bottles will make it to diner’s tables and store shelves.

“I am incredibly proud of our staff for what we have accomplished together to receive this prestigious award,” said Alex Bazzy. “We have put a lot of work into developing one of the best wine inventories in the state and are pleased that others recognize all we have done to achieve this.”

The full list of winners will be highlighted in the August 31 issue of Wine Spectator, which will be available on newsstands July 18.

About Cantoro Italian Market & Trattoria

Cantoro Italian Market & Trattoria was founded in Livonia, Mich. in 1973. Specializing in Italian food and wine, much of which is imported directly from Italy, the family-owned company opened its 55,000-square-foot Plymouth, Mich. market and Trattoria in March 2014. Cantoro offers fresh produce, a large prepared foods section, impressive bakery, event planning, housewares, hundreds of cheeses, homemade pasta, gelato and more. For more information visit