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Italian restaurant opens doors downtown

May 29, 2017
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Mazzo in downtown Grand Rapids says it explores "the heart of Italian kitchen culture." Photo via fb.com

A new Italian restaurant will open tomorrow in downtown Grand Rapids.

Mazzo Cucina D’Italia is a contemporary Italian restaurant that has moved into the previous home of Tre Cugini, at 122 Monroe Center St. NW, which closed in December after 15 years.

Faro Uccello owns Mazzo, which operates under Uccello’s Hospitality Group.

Mazzo offers handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas and seafood — with a focus on crudo, meaning raw in Italian, including a raw bar with fresh oysters.

The remodeled interior features 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.

A room is available for private dining options, as well as seating in the front of the restaurant with a view of Rosa Parks Circle.

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

Management team

Clark Frain serves as executive chef.

He is the former executive chef at Butch’s Dry Dock in Holland and previously worked with Norwegian Cruise Lines. He also spent more than eight years as a chef with The Gilmore Collection in Grand Rapids.

Christine Gill is the restaurant’s GM.

She previously owned and operated The Sierra Room and Opus 1894 in downtown Grand Rapids and RiverHouse Ada.

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