Sunday August 9th, 2015
From chef to fast-paced business owner, Michael Barlozzari was a productive entrepreneur around Little Italy in Windsor. After missing the culinary aspect of the restaurant, Barlozzari sold his share of Mezzo’s Ristorante & Lounge and posted up another shop – this time, half the size, but the same amount of punch.
“Koma” – an acronym for Kitchen of Michael Anthony – had a soft opening in late May of 2015. “We didn’t even need to advertise. We were lucky to gain enough loyal customers to pack this place for dinner,” speaks Barlozzari of the restaurants traffic.
Barlozzari attended college, and resided in Stratford before returning to Windsor; “We live in one of the most amazing cities that most residents take for granted. I missed it, so I moved back home.”
Upon returning, Barlozzari tested Windsor’s business waters with a pizza place and downtown resto-lounge; “Unfortunately what we opened back then was ahead of this cities time. Craft brews and wine are such a big thing nowadays that I want to eventually expand to incorporate that special kind of bar back into my work again,” Barlozzari reflects.
The food at Koma Restaurant differentiates solely based on it’s ability to be uniquely crafted. Everyday, comfort food you can find at every restaurant – with a twist ingredient for variety.
The Koma Restaurant logo was created based on the idea of Batman – “It doesn’t matter who it is, where you are… you just know it’s them. It’s simple,” Barlozzari speaks excitably about the dual-flame branding. “I decided to throw my middle name in instead of my last name, because lets face it, nobody really knows how to pronounce it,” he jokes, “the name flows entirely better this way.”
When it comes to Barlozzari’s work, he simply put “I love what I do. I like being in the background, in the kitchen. I love to cook. There are so many great restaurants in town, and our motto isn’t about coming for renovations, or coming for this and that – just come for the food.”
To make a reservation or to visit Koma Restaurant, they are located at 3090 Dougall Avenue. Barlozzari and his fellow chefs are prepared to serve you Monday through Friday from 11:30am until 2:30pm for lunch, and open again at 5pm for dinner. Saturday’s are open from 5 o’clock in the evening.
For more information, visit their website at www.komarestaurant.com, or call them at 519-253-5662.