Fiorella may be new to Rochester, but the owners are not new to great food. Now you may have noticed we called it “simple” Southern Italian, but don’t get us wrong, when we say simple, we don’t mean basic or boring. We mean delicious food made from fresh, good, simple, local ingredients.
Here are 8 reasons you should dine at Fiorella:
1. It’s like Dining with Family
Take a seat at Fiorella for dinner and you might notice the dishes and napkins on the table – they are not your typical restaurant ware. But that’s what we love, you feel like you’re dining with family, at a home where the special dishes are pulled out for company.
Fun note: all of the dishes and napkins here were collected when owners Gino and Alison were planning their wedding. These are the same dishes their friends and families dined on during their special day, and they want to share that love with the community.
2. It’s Good Home Cookin’ Italian
It’s all homemade. The bread, the gelato, the pizza dough (we’ll get into this more), the pasta and more – are all homemade.
3. The Ingredients are Local
Our server was quite passionate about the food and the owners. She shared that Chef Gino cooks with as many local ingredients as absolutely possible. The produce is local, the meat is local, most of the wines are local, there’s local beer, cheese and other things we’ve probably forgotten to mention too. The sorbet pictured above? Homemade from concord grapes that grew in Naples.
4. The Art is Local
When you first enter it’s pretty hard to miss the original St. Monci mural on the wall.
The other framed pieces you’ll notice around the restaurant were curated by the market’s own Chase The Art. We didn’t take a picture, so you’ll just have to go in, order lunch or dinner, and see it for yourself.
5. The Furniture is Local
Take a seat. Admire the tables, the chairs and the bar. Recognize the sleek and simple design? Yes, you guessed it – it was all made by our city’s own Staach.
6. The Pizza Dough
So, Fiorella makes this thing called naturally leavened pizza dough. It is made from only three ingredients: organic flour, water, and sea salt.
That’s it, it’s simple and wonderful.
7. They Love What They Do
Owners Alison and Chef Gino Ruggiero, LOVE what they do. This is evident in the food, the decor, the ingredients, the service and every aspect of their farm-to-table Italian restaurant.
8. They Just Started Dinner Service
No picture needed for this one – they’re open more! If you haven’t been able to make it down to Fiorella over the last few weeks while they were only open for lunch, don’t fret. They are now open Wednesday-Saturday for lunch AND dinner. Head to their website for hours.