USA. Global restaurateur HMSHost has unveiled the first venture of its new food & beverage programme at Detroit Metropolitan Airport – Cantoro Italian Market Trattoria.

The market and eatery has opened in the airport’s North Terminal pre-security baggage claim area in partnership with AJA & Associates and Ellis Infinity, and features authentic Italian products and dishes.

Cantoro Italian Market Trattoria is inspired by the famous Italian markets in Rome, Venice and Palermo.

Cantoro is a family-owned and operated market and restaurant with a 40-plus year history in Detroit. Signature recipes include a range of pizzas, pastas, salads, soups, sandwiches and wraps.

Examples of freshly-made dishes include the Farfalle Primavera, which uses grape tomatoes, fresh basil, yellow squash, red onion, bell pepper and olive oil along with farfalle pasta.

Sweet treats: Focaccia, ciabatta and other breads are baked daily alongside cakes, cannoli and pastries.

The drinks menu includes espressos and French vanilla lattes, while those with a sweet tooth can try traditional Italian cannoli, tiramisu, or other Cantoro-baked food. Breakfast options include croissants, muffins and burritos.

Catering for all needs: The new venue combines eat-in and on-the-go options, alongside a retail operation.

In addition to dining, the ‘modern corner store-meets-old world’ Italian market offers travellers the chance to pick up a genuine Cantoro sauce by the pint (Marinara, Palomino or Alfredo), a box of pasta, or a bottle of olive oil. Other local specialities such as eggplant rolantini and Italian meatballs are also retailed, among many other items in stock.

The market element of the operation offers a range of Italy-sourced products.

HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Kent Vanden Oever said his company was “thrilled” to work with the Wayne County Airport Authority to bring Cantoro Italian Market Trattoria to Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

He added: “Not only does Cantoro bring a sense of Detroit into the airport, it brings the best of a long-standing Italian corner store and family restaurant with a modern twist for people to enjoy in the airport’s pre-security area.”

A wide choice of authentic Italian dishes can be found on the menu, cooked for travellers on the premises.

Cantoro Co-owner Michael Fallone said: “My family is pleased to expand the Cantoro Italian Market Trattoria dining experience to the weary traveller on the go.

“We are excited to now offer delicious, hearty, healthy, fresh and authentic grab-and-go meals and snacks to Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Being on the move or in a hurry does not mean anyone should have to surrender a desire for high quality food.”

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The company also organises the annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards. FAB 2019 will be held in Dallas, hosted by Dallas Fort Worth International Airport on 26-27 June. HMSHost North America CEO Steve Johnson will be among the powerful line-up of speakers.