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Fiore in Williamburg, Bklyn


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Fiore in Williamburg, Bklyn

scanmike | Jul 19, 2008 01:58 PM

Just wanted to let people know about this place. My husband saw a tv show that profiled the restaurant and he was intrigued, so last night we went. It was excellent. The place is very spacious and decorated in a welcoming Italian, cottage decor. Very pretty and comfortable. The staff was attentive, but not rude or overbearing. We arrived at 6, without a reservation and it was no problem.
For an appetizer, we shared a warm arugula salad, with grilled fennel and grilled calamari. It was such a simple salad, but the ingredients were so fresh and the calamari so tender, that I could have eaten this as an entree. That's really the essence of Italian cooking- simple and fresh ingredients. Really delicious.
I ordered the gnocchi special and I have to say our family are gnocchi snobs. I have tried all the places reviewed here and elsewhere that praise the gnocchi. Not sure if it was potato or ricotta gnocchi, but it was light, tender and I was almost able to finish the plate. The only thing about it was that they felt the need to top it with melted mozzarella, which wasn't needed. My husband had the lasagna bolognese, which he described as smooth and light. He is Italian by heritage and usually wouldn't order a lasagna since we make it all the time, but even though it's described as traditional, it wasn't. The sauce made the difference. Really delicious and generous portions. For dessert, I forced myself to finish a creamy lemon tart with fresh berries and a dollop of whipped cream. The prices are downright cheap here..averaging about $10 for a pasta entree.Most of the pasta's were homemade. They also had a salmon and red snapper special, which almost tempted me away from the gnocchi. But I felt I had to go with the gnocchi because if it's good, the rest of their menu has to be. It's hard to get those pillows of pasta light and tender. We are definitely going back. Highly recommended. They serve wine, beer and mixed drinks. Sorry, but I didn't see the wine prices. Cash only is the one drawback.

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