The story began in 2002, when owner David Wiesner decided to open up an Italian coffee shop on Forsyth Street named Monterone, thus giving birth to the first Espresso & Panini bar in the neighborhood. Shortly after, the little café expanded to its subterranean location and a restaurant was born: Grotto. Over the years, Grotto grew to become one of New York’s best kept secrets and Monterone has evolved into a high-end boutique catering company. Ever since Monterone Inc. has been servicing New York’s culinary conscious, demanding corporate and private clientele as well as the most resounding names in today’s fashion, design, celebrity, art and business world.
Clients include all major publications (Elle, Glamour, GQ, Harpers Bazaar, Interview, Vanity Fair, Visionaire, Vogue, W), celebrities (50Cents, Beyoncé, Hugh Jackman, Isabella Rosselini, J-Lo, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Ryan Goseling, Sarah Jessica Parker, Yoko Ono), the top designers (Calvin Klein, Chloé, Dolce&Gabbana, John Varvatos, Karl Lagerfeld, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Manolo Blahnik, MiuMiu, Proenza Schouler, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Three AsFour, Tom Ford, Vera Wang, Zack Posen), Fashion Week (backstage and VIP on average for 15 shows per season), and the art industry (Pulse NYC, AAF, Hamptons Art Fair, Visionaire, Sotheby’s).
Based on simple, healthy and delicious food inspired by European heritage and augmented with local ingredients Monterone has made the art of providing culinary treats and exceptional service its core vocation.