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Ferndale’s Torino Named Detroit Free Press 2014 Restaurant of the Year

The restaurant, which critic Sylvia Vector says “could hold its own anywhere in America,” is known for exquisite dishes, “each one a small work of art and a seduction in flavor.”

Torino in Ferndale was named the 2014 Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year. (Photo: Screenshot, torinoferndale.com)
Torino in Ferndale was named the 2014 Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year. (Photo: Screenshot, torinoferndale.com)

Tornino, 201 E. 9 Mile Road in Ferndale, has been named the Detroit Free Press’s 2014 Restaurant of the Year.

Free Press restaurant critic Sylvia Rector credited chef Garrett Lipar, 26, with developing “an entirely new tasting menu of seven exquisite dishes, each one a small work of art and a seduction in flavor.”

“Using both modernist and classical cooking techniques as well as beautiful and unusual ingredients, he gives guests a dining experience unlike any in metro Detroit,” Rector continued. “Every plate, every night, is a study in texture, color, balance, flavor, detail and innovation”

Rector said the restaurant, which Lipar and owner Noah Dorfman opened in Dorfman’s coffee bar last year, “could hold its own anywhere in America.”

The restaurateurs say their culinary creativity is limited only by size and they’re looking for a bigger space, though they think the Ferndale location is ideal. Their ultimate goal is to become the best restaurant in Michigan.

Lipar grew up in Waterford and Dorfman in Bloomfield Hills.

>>> Read the full review on the Detroit Free Press.
DAVID ARONOVITZ March 04, 2014 at 09:41 AM
We've eaten here..........had the five course meal and the three course meal. In our humble opinion, the most important thing to notice / realize is the pictures accompanying this review. If they appear to be small plates, that's because they are small plates and thus all that type of venue provides. They are the antithesis of large / generous helpings and buffets. Of course this is no problem whatsoever with this type of experience as long as you know what you are about to undertake. If you enjoy this type of eating experience and like to be told exactly what is in each dish as it is presented to you (even though you may immediately forget it, or Ambrosia forbid, don't care), this is the place for you. And we thus recommend it. If you want to come away with a satisfying tummy experience of fullness, then stay away.

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