Ristorante Tre Monti has opened at the San Marino Club's new cultural center in Troy.
The 130-seat restaurant features authentic dishes from the tiny independent republic of San Marino -- a picturesque, landlocked enclave in the Apennine Mountains, completely surrounded by Italy.
Veteran chef Richard Conover's menu ranges from personal brick-oven pizzas and homemade pastas to meats and fresh fish, flown in daily. The traditional San Marino pastas are made fresh by Maddalena Sarti of San Marino, who uses heritage recipes.
The restaurant offers "a rare opportunity to have a true, authentic, dining experience with the food of a region that's not very well-known," says general manager Andrew Macker.
Metro Detroit is home to more San Marino immigrants than any other American city, and Tre Monti is the only U.S. restaurant featuring its authentic dishes, San Marino Club officials say.
The restaurant is at 1695 Big Beaver in Troy, behind the San Marino Club. Open 3-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday and 3-9 p.m. Sunday. Reservations suggested. 248-680-1100