Giuliano Cortelletti set the foundations of the company when he purchased the “Alla Costa” Bar Pizzeria under the Costa Arch in Verona.
CO.TI. Restaurants S.r.l. was incorporated, and the next year the “Impero” Café was purchased and over the years enlarged, renovated and transformed into a pizzeria and trattoria.
The “Alla Costa” Pizzeria relocated directly in front of the world famous Arena of Verona and became “La Costa in Bra”.
Michael Cortelletti purchased the historic “Olivo” Restaurant and Pizzeria in Piazza Bra. These restaurants continue today to be the core business of the company.
In 2015 we opened the pizzeria “Altro Impero” with biological leavening from natural sourdough and organic ingredients. In the same year we opened the “Gelateria Impero” with classic italian ice cream and frozen yogurt.
At “La Costa in Bra” we create Italy’s first gluten-free yeast in collaboration with the AIC for our pizza.
Michael Cortelletti takes over the “Casa Mazzanti” Café, a meeting place in Piazza delle Erbe.
This ongoing growth, spanning two generations, also includes countless projects that have enriched the professional experience of the management team. The Pagoda Restaurant, the first Chinese restaurant in Verona, was opened during the 80s. The La Fontanina Restaurant was set up in the 90s in Orlando, becoming Florida’s first pizzeria with a wood-fired oven. And there were several experiences as executives with large restaurant and retail chains such as Nordsee (Germany), Dunkin’ Donuts (USA) and Baskin Robbins (USA). In fact, CO.TI. Restaurants S.r.l. strives to combine the human touch of a family-run business with the professionalism of large multinational companies.