|Lamb shank special at Fiorino|
It's against this backdrop that we visited Fiorino and discovered a top contender in The Nana Test. We probably never would have even heard of Fiorino if a friend had not moved in down the street.
Franco Faggi is the owner and chef of Fiorino, which specializes in the cuisine of Romagna, his native homeland in Italy. Franco also offers FREE cooking classes (minus $10 for the supplies). Wow. We'll be looking to check that out.
Let's get to The Nana Test.
|Shrimp & Beans|
Simplicity: From start to finish this was old-school Italian cooking that definitely reminded me of meals at my Nana’s.
Kristy ordered the shrimp & beans, which to me looked and tasted like pasta e fagioli with shrimp. The simple flavors left her satisfied and portion size was just enough. One of our dining companions ordered the spaghetti scoglio, which TwoEatPhilly recommended. Neither of us had a taste, but she said it was good. All dishes were under $20. 4 out of 5
Our other companion ordered the lamb shank special. Check out the pic above! After having a taste of the sauce, it’s no wonder the entire shank was devoured. The lamb came with creamy polenta, but I think a baked polenta would have worked better. 4 out of 5
Antipasti: Fiorino did not offer a meat and cheese antipasti, but you could order the bresaola and/or caprese to make one. I was in a soup mood and ordered the pasta e fagioli, while Kristy went with the gorgonzola salad. Both the fagioli and salad were average, but not amazing. The couple we were with ordered the grilled calamari, which also was good, not great. 3 out of 5
|Bread for the table plus delicious sundried tomato pesto|
Thank you Fiorino for passing this seemingly no brainer test with flying colors. We even received biscotti before the dessert! Fiorino has set the bar for others. Some places should come and learn. The serving sizes were about in the middle of what you would expect for the price. 5 out of 5
Secret Sambuca test: A round of homemade limoncello? An emphatic yes! One bonus point.
Final score: 21/25 points
|Epic dessert: the Bomba!|
|The clincher: a shot of limoncello for each of us|