Metro Detroit has been getting wowed by the superbly executed northern Italian cuisine from the kitchen at Tre Monti for years. Since it's been under the helm of Zharko Palushaj for the past five years, the restaurant (which sits behind the San Marino Club castle on Big Beaver Road) has been winning praise time and again. Its portions were bountiful. Its sauces rich and creamy. Its pastas always freshly prepared.
So why change what was so evidently working? Look around the area's current dining landscape — with a number of eateries taking modern approaches to Italian cooking — and it's clear that if one is to succeed in this increasingly competitive market, one must step up his or her game.