Fiorella: Simple, Southern Italian and 8 Reasons to Go

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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.

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Pizza, pasta, bread, and changing seasonal menu items - we cannot wait to dine again at Fiorella. Follow along with the Rochesteriat on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Amore: so much to love

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Amore Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar recently launched a new menu and since we've been eager to go, we decided this was the perfect chance. While you may not think a "supermarket restaurant" would be your first choice for a great experience, we beg to differ. Once inside you'll quickly forget where you just entered from, whether it be the parking lot...

Amore Outside Entrance or the store...

Amore Store Entrance While Wegmans has no plans to ever leave the Grocery business, they've added a few restaurants to the mix. Danny Wegman and his wife, Stency, love restaurants, restaurant culture, and dining out - and they want to share the experience they love - with you.

Dining Area What was the inspiration for an Italian restaurant, you ask? A love for Italian food! We certainly loved everything we've had so far, from the Vegetable Rustica appetizer, to the pizzas.

Vegetable Rustica Pizza at Amore You may be surprised to find out that a lot of the inspiration and influence for Amore is actually from an Italian restaurant in Switzerland. The decor even has a bit of an Austrian influence. We couldn't help but admire the reclaimed wood beams that are found throughout the restaurant. Amore wasn't made to look or feel new, but it has a more "well loved" feel with a mix of modern touches.

Downstairs Seating Area Interested in watching the Chefs make your dinner? It's easy to peer into the kitchen at Amore... it's even the first thing you see when you walk in (and we love the pizza oven!):

Pizza OvenChefs at Amore The ingredients are fresh. Did we mention that all of the sauces as well as the pizza dough are homemade? And the pizza dough only has 5 ingredients - water, flour, yeast, salt and extra virgin olive oil. Simple and delicious!

Fresh Ingredients In addition to the main dining area, there is a second level.....

The Stairs at Amore Second Floor Seating Area ...and an indoor terrace that will make you forget you're even in Rochester!

Amore Inside Terrace Whether you grab a table or a seat at the bar you can enjoy a glass of wine from their vast selection.

Bar at Amore 39 wines can be ordered by the glass or quartino (approximately a glass and a half worth), and almost every one of those is also available by the bottle. 85% of the wines are Italian wines with a few from New York State and California.

Wine Glass Besides the wonderful food, great service, and cozy atmosphere, we loved sitting down with Restaurant Manager, Jigmed Latshang, to learn more about the vision and heart of the restaurant. Having been in the culinary and hospitality industry for many years, both stateside and abroad, Jigmed has called Rochester home for the last 5 years and he loves it. "You can just feel it, something is about to happen", he said to us as we talked about the potential in the city. "Rochester has to be its own place", he said, "it's not New York City and it's not Chicago". We really feel like Amore (and Jigmed) are adding to the restaurant culture of the city and we hope you do too.

Their hope at Amore, is to create healthy, classic Italian food. "Good, simple dishes that people will enjoy." They also hope that when you leave... you've had a great time!

Amore Details: Website: http://www.wegmansamore.com/ Phone: (585) 452-8780

Lunch: Sun - Sat: 11:30AM - 4PM

Dinner: Sun - Thurs: 4PM - 9PM Fri - Sat: 4PM - 10PM

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