Signora Rina gives emotional look back to her partner/husband Adriano
Ed Barbieri Jr. at Da Edoardo in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Today’s production was one of our most emotional ones. Rina Tonon, of Café
Cortina, reflected upon the love story between herself and her immigrant
husband, Adriano, and their dream of opening up a restaurant of their own.
In 1976, Café Cortina opened their doors, and Rina and Adriano finally
achieved their dream, and lived it for the next 17 years together, until
Adriano passed away from cancer. Rina’s description of her early life with
her husband, and their passion for the restaurant business, was very
touching and emotional. Now she and her son, Adrian run the restaurant and
business is definitely going well for them. Rina went into detail about the
philosophy of their cooking, and how they do things a little bit
differently. Café Cortina actually raises a great deal of their own produce.
Adrian explained how they like to keep their food “peasant” in style and
cook like they would 100 years ago.
Next on our agenda was an interview with Edward Barbieri Jr. at Da Edoardo Restaurant in Grosse Pointe Woods. The child of an immigrant restaurateur, Edward took over the business from his father, Edoardo Barbieri several years back, after working together for 12 years. Ed gave great insight to the relationship between him and his father, and what it is like to be the
child of an immigrant. Ed has continued the tradition in the restaurant that his father started, serving traditional Italian foods from the Moderna region of Italy.. Once again, we were able to film and sample the dishes of Da Edoardo.