Sports stars flock to Bella Piatti in Birmingham

We’ve reported regular sightings of movie stars and big name entertainers dining at Bella Piatti in Birmingham in this column. But recently, there seems to be an influx of popular professional athletes breaking bread at the popular Italian bistro. Early in the month, Detroit Lions star quarterback Matthew Stafford enjoyed dinner there with his wife, Kelly. A few days later, Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander dined there with his supermodel fiancé, Kate Upton. And directly on their heels, three days later, retired NHL enforcer Tie Domi satisfied his craving for great Italian food at the restaurant owned by Nino and Liz Cutraro. It looks like now all that’s needed is a visit from one of the Detroit Pistons. Italian, anyone?

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