Cortona’s Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
Photographer / Brian Brosmer
This December, Cortona’s Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar is officially celebrating its one-year anniversary. The Fortville restaurant has grown in popularity over its first year, bringing a truly authentic experience for patrons.
Owners Simone and Beth Lucarini couldn’t be happier with the response in their first year.
“In these past 12 months we have done a lot,” Simone says. “We are very happy with the support we’ve gotten from those around Fortville, McCordsville, Geist and even the north side of Indianapolis.”
“It’s really exciting to be celebrating our first year,” Beth adds. “That community support means so much. We’ve even had people come all the way from Avon and Greenwood. They’ve come from all over to see what we are all about. The people of Fortville have been fantastic as well.”
Throughout its first year, Cortona’s has offered many wine dinners that have been a big hit. The special events have provided an elegant atmosphere— perfect for a date night. These unique dinner events will continue to be offered in 2020.
“I was born and raised in Tuscany,” Simone says. “I learned from my mother in the kitchen, what to cook, how to cook, and I wanted to bring that here. I like welcoming people here to our restaurant and making our customers happy with these events and our food. People have loved these wine pairings.”
As the New Year draws closer, Simone says Cortona’s will continue to be innovative and bring even more for its customers. He has toyed with the idea of also opening a pasta shop where customers could buy pasta but also have unique dinners where they learn to cook authentic Italian dishes, too.
Cortona’s has offered unique Tuscan dishes such as the Polenta with Ragu and Gorgonzola, the Bruschetta al Pomodoro, and the Veal Scaloppine Prune Cream Sauce, to name a few. The menu will continue to grow in 2020 with more seasonal offerings and authentic options for guests to enjoy.
“We will have a new pasta machine soon that will allow us to sell pasta to our customers,” he says. “We will be able to offer some cooking classes, too. I can’t wait to do that. Our antipasti options will change. We will also continue to offer our wood-fired pizzas. We will always continue to be authentic. You’ve got to come and check us out and experience it for yourself. The dishes I offer here are a part of my culture.”
Cortona’s Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar is located at 209 S Main St in Fortville. For more information, give them a call at 317-747-4242 or visit them online at cortonasitaliancuisine.com.