Newly opening tomorrow is Fiorino, an Italian eatery offering Italian street food inspired by the city of Florence.
On the menu are small plates like Arancini (stuffed risotto balls); Fritto Misto (semolina battered local seafood); Daily Crostini; Polpette D’Agnello (lamb meatballs); House-made Gnocchi; and more.
For drinks, they are offering house wine on tap, reserve bottles, signature cocktails, Italian classics, espresso and sodas.
Fiorino was created by three first-time entrepreneurs Mitchel, Giovanni, and Chef Mario who came together to offer a Taste of Florence at Fiorino.
Family is at the heart of the restaurant as shown in the various photos that celebrate Italian heritage and decorate the walls.
Guests can enjoy a cozy booth, dining tables for 2 or 4, a long communal table, or seating at the bar.
I had the opportunity to attend their media preview and try the following:
Arancini: seasonal stuffed risotto balls, pomarola
Fritto Misto: semolina battered local seafood, roasted garlic aioli
Beef Carpaccio: beef, capers, shallots, truffle oil
House made Gnocchi with wild boar ragu, parmigiano reggiano
Look for their lunch menu which will feature Schiacciata Bread Sandwiches.
I thought the dishes I tried were good and my favouries were the gnocchi, fritto misto, and arancini.
The environment feels energetic and has warm Italian hospitality. I can imagine Fiorino being a great place for casual eats over wine after work or a cozy date night spot in Vancouver.
Fiorino is located at 212 E Georgia Street.