Co-owners Luciano DelSignore and Takashi Yagihashi open Birmingham’s Pernoi restaurant which features a unique menu and luxury feel.

Featured photo courtesy of Pernoi Facebook

They had known each other for almost 20 years, when one moved to Michigan to open a prestigious restaurant and the other had one of this region’s finest Italian dining eateries … They became close friends, raising their children at the same time … and, for about 10 years, talked about possibly doing a restaurant jointly.

When the former Café Via closed and became available, the result is the recently opened Pernoi on Maple Road between Woodward and Old Woodward, Birmingham, where Luciano DelSignore and Takashi Yagihashi, who many remember from the former Tribute, have opened what has become a much talked about dining spot.

No, Luciano’s Bacco flagship restaurant is not for sale by a long shot, and Takashi’s fine Tabo Sushi in Chicago remains as-is … Both will continue to retain their operations and became partners only of Pernoi … splitting their time with Pernoi and the restaurants they own.

As would be expected, the Pernoi menu is most unique … Its excellent choices include French, Italian, Japanese, American, etc., delights that may enchant the most select palates … Items that may never have been seen before, such as a Moroccan-glazed squab or ginger sesame king salmon and others that include Iowan wagu beef, etc. along with Osetra caviar, Jerusalem artichoke soup and so much more.

Takashi Yagihashi and Luciano DelSignore Courtesy of Pernoi
Pernoi Facebook

When it opened Sept. 10 of this year, people were awed at the selection of dishes that are served from Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to close, in the 65 seats and on eight bar stools.

Pernoi makes all its own baked goods and desserts that are selective favorites in their own rights … and served with an elegant selection of dinner choices within three rooms of dining from formal to casual in the presentation of a luxurious culinary experience.

Luciano DelSignore is the noted chef/owner of Bacco Ristorante and Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina restaurants … Takashi is the chef/owner of Tabo Sushi in Chicago … And I again emphasize that both will use their time in the daily presentations at Birmingham’s Pernoi as partners … and continue to own their other restaurants by themselves … sharing time together here but in no way affiliated mutually with their other eateries.

To say that the new Pernoi enjoys an elegance of its own is a mild statement …The luxury yacht feel amid original art and excellent food must certainly be classed among the better dining experiences in our region.

CLOSING OF CANTORO of Troy as solely a restaurant has left many people with a sour taste … But may serve to tell of its highly successful Cantoro Market and fine attached eatery in Plymouth.

SHORTIE OLDIE BUT GOODIES … Arriving home from a party, the wife confronted her husband, “I’ll never go to another another party with you.” He asked why. “Because you asked Mrs. Thomas how her husband was standing the heat. He’s been dead for two months!” … A politician ran into the house yelling, “Honey, I’ve been elected!” … His wife looked up from her knitting and said, “Honestly?” … He stopped in his tracks and said,

“Why bring that up?”

CONGRATS … To Jay Parr on his birthday … To Marianna Yonova on her birthday.

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