A plate of portabellos.

A brother and sister dining team to carry on the traditional family Italian dining team … along with modern originalities not seen at too many, if any, places … may be the sleeper numerous people are always looking to find.

Together with an executive chef who has been in existence since its beginning in 2008 … the sleeper-culinary treasure is the quietly known Coratti’s On Main Italian Ristorante & Bar, North Main Street, downtown Milford … celebrating its 10th coveted anniversary with continuous upscale reputation.

There are many good and very good Italian restaurants but few that also offer innovative presentations of various regions … Owners Michelle and Pete Coratti are blessed with the culinary expertise of their executive chef, John Wik, who many may remember from his days as a sous chef at the former Excalibur with owner/executive chef Marty Wilk … and, prior to that, as cook at Picano’s Italian Grille … both highly prestigious eateries … Also, being a graduate of the highly acclaimed Culinary Arts program at Oakland Community College is no small feat.

Best-sellers at Coratti’s include the traditional delights and originals that seem to bring out varied tastes that meet with much approval …. Like its highly popular filet with John’s own zip sauce and Vitello Saltimboca, veal scaloppini with prosciutto and roma tomatoes, served on a bed of sautéed spinach and topped with fontinella and a sage vermouth demi-glaze.

 Receiving much attention at Coratti’s are also its own original dishes that no other restaurants are known to serve … Polo Angelo, breaded chicken breast stuffed with Boursin cheese, sautéed shrimp and sundried tomatoes in a Madeira cream sauce … or Vitella Assunta, veal sautéed with garlic, mushrooms and artichokes in a white wine butter sauce … wild mushroom cannelloni, an interesting pasta stuffed veal and wild mushrooms in a cream sauce, topped with mushrooms.

Chef Wik will make just about anything folks may desire … He is that good … Also, careful attention is given to the adherence of all dietary restrictions.

On the menu, too, is a remembered dish of yesteryears that many folks used to get at Ernesto’s in Plymouth … Shrimp Ernesto, named after Ernie DiMichelle who had worked at Picano’s with Pete.

All the desserts at Coratti’s are made in-house … cheesecake, tiramisu, Italian cookies, biscotti, etc. … and, of course, cannolis … two that also includes the wonderful and delicious old-fashioned recipe of their mother, Mary Coratti … using all custard … no ricotta.

Pete and Michelle Corrati, a man and woman, smile for a photo
Pete and Michelle Corrati

Seating in the second-floor main dining room is 110 … First floor, 40 … and a lower banquet room level seats 45 … The full bar crowd that assembles just about every night fills 13 stools … Seven-day restaurant hours are Monday-Thursday, 11-10; Friday and Saturday 11-11; Sunday 1-9 p.m.

Milford is blessed to have so fine an innovative and authentic Italian restaurant such as Coratti’s On Main Italian Ristorante & Bar by Michelle and Pete Coratti, a sister and brother dining ownership team who have garnered a prestigious 10-year existence reputation of notable choice that shows.

GOOD NEWS ON THE horizon for many is coming this October when Matt Prentice, one of this area’s top restaurateurs ends his five-year absence from the local communal dining and catering scene … He won’t have missed too many beats while away, keeping his fingers in the culinary pot and staying busy doing food consulting, catering and working in the nonprofit world feeding the homeless of Detroit for Cass Community Services … “My future plans will be dictated by what the market demands when I return,” Matt says.

A SECOND LOCATION on Woodward, Royal Oak, will soon join cardiac Dr. Joel Kahn’s busy GreenSpace Café in Ferndale … A new menu is being developed for its coming GreenSpace & Go set to open this March … Seating will be for 20 inside and possibly 30 on an outside patio … It will be operated by Dr. Kahn and his son Daniel.

THERE IS NO LIMIT to the number of different favorite restaurants of yesteryears … and why they were … that may be sent to the column … But just one at a time, please … About 100 words.

OLDIE BUT GOODIE … Sadie’s husband, Jake, has been slipping in and out of a coma for several months, yet his faithful wife stays by his bedside day and night. One evening, Jake comes to and motions for her to come closer. “My Sadie,” he says. “You have been with me through all the bad times. When I got fired, you were there. When I got shot, you were by my side. When we lost the house, you gave me support. You know what, Sadie?

What dear?” she asks very gently.

“I think you’re bad luck!” he says.

CONGRATS … To Barbara Cohen on her birthday … To Ellen Gruskin on her birthday … To Dr. Stuart Kirschenbaum on his birthday … To Jim Hiller on his birthday … To Peter Ginopolis on his birthday.

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