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Italian restaurant opening downtown

March 27, 2017
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Monroe Center
The intersection of Monroe Center Street SW and Ottawa Avenue NW in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

A restaurant group plans to open a new Italian restaurant downtown this spring.

Mazzo is a modern Italian restaurant that’s taking over the previous home of Tre Cugini in Grand Rapids, at 122 Monroe Center St. NW, which closed in December after 15 years.

Local restaurateur Faro Uccello owns Mazzo, which will operate under the Uccello’s Hospitality Group umbrella.

Menu and space

Mazzo will feature handmade pastas, local ingredients and seafood with a focus on crudo, meaning raw in Italian, including a raw bar that will display fresh oysters.

A wood-fire pizza oven will also be visible in the renovated space, which will have two double-sided fireplaces, a floor-to-ceiling wine case and interior furnishings with “sleek design lines juxtaposed against” exposed brick walls and raw wood tables.

An added room will offer private dining options, as well as seating in the front of the restaurant with a view of Rosa Parks Circle.

A four-story atrium space in the Ledyard Building, The Atrium at Mazzo, will host wedding receptions and events.


Christine Gill will serve as GM. Gill previously owned and operated The Sierra Room and Opus 1894 in downtown Grand Rapids and RiverHouse Ada.

Clark Frain, former executive chef at Butch’s Dry Dock in Holland, will serve as Mazzo’s chef. Frain previously worked with Norwegian Cruise Lines, and he spent more than eight years as a chef with The Gilmore Collection in Grand Rapids.

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