See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Authentic Italian heads to Troy's Cucina Lab Torino

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 3:30 PM

  • Courtesy of Cucina Lab Torino by Cuciniamo Italiano

A family of Italian immigrants are bringing the flavors of their homeland to metro Detroit. Cucina Lab Torino by Cuciniamo Italiano is set to open at the end of the month in Troy.

Martina Rabajoli, the daughter of the owner and the restaurant's PR manager, says that her family decided to open the restaurant, Cucina Lab Torino, as a home for the family's catering business, Cuciniamo Italiano.

The family moved to Michigan from Torino, Italy, in winter 2014.

"After settling and getting accustomed to a new way of living and the American culture my mother decided to start a catering and delivery business of our true authentic Italian food," Rabajoli says. "The catering business is called Cuciniamo Italiano and has grown drastically over the years driving my family to open a 'home' for Cuciniamo Italiano. That is where Cucina Lab Torino came to life — a cozy, unique, authentic Italian location in Michigan."

Aside from authentic Italian recipes, the restaurant was also designed by an Italian architect, and "embodies the true style and warmth of Italy," Rabajoli says.

Due to the pandemic, the restaurant will be open for reservation only for now. It also offers carryout, catering, cooking classes, wine tasting, and private events.

"The goal of Cucina Lab and my family is to allow guests to travel to Italy without having to get on a plane and fly overseas," Rabajoli says.

Rabajoli says the food offered by Cucina Lab "is rooted in the simplicity of Italian cooking along with organic, GMO-free, and local produce offered by the state of Michigan."

The restaurant is located at 3960 Crooks Rd., Troy; 248-525-9098;

So many restaurants, so little time. Sign up for our weekly food newsletter delivered every Friday morning for the latest Detroit dining news.

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 27, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation