Worthy of all the hype? Without a doubt. Fiorella will give you all of those ‘Lady & The Tramp’ date night vibes you didn’t know you were craving. The one where you feel like you’ve ducked out of the big city around you, onto a tiny side street, and even though the city goes on all around you, you feel like you’re the only two in the world. It’s a understated urban spot with the laid back, no-nonsense old school South Philly vibes. There’s a glowing sign in the window which is the perfect juxtaposition to the vintage butcher shop sign above that’s been there for almost a decade. You gaze into each others eyes over candlelight at a cute and chic set table, sharing a plate of their outrageous, memorable, must order cacio pepe. (Omg! Totally drooling just thinking of it and wanting to plan a date night as perfect as this again ASAP!!)
I started with the dirty pasta water martini. It tasted exactly how it sounded. It was strong and definitely “dirty”. Order it if you’re a vodka fan… I mean, where else would you? Go for it!! Hubs first tried a bourbon based cocktail, then stuck to Peroni. The cocktails are creative, and I would encourage you to step out of the box here!
We shared the summer veggie bruschetta toast as an app. This ain’t your mama’s bruschetta! The toast was crispy despite the generous amount of sweet ricotta piled on top, and the veggies (fresh asparagus and squash) were seasoned just right. Not too heavy but perfect on a warm summer night.
In addition to the most delicious cacio pepe I’ve EVER had, we also split the pillowy gnocchi with brown butter and sweet, sticky figs. Another stellar dish, worthy alone of a return visit. WOW!!!
No room for dessert but if you’re craving a little light something, John’s Water Ice is just down the street. Split a lemon!
Service was wonderful.
The meal was excellent.
The vibes were cool.
Marc Vetri, it’s another winner.
The menu is small & changes daily, and you can peep it on their “gram”, but the cacio pepe is a staple, and I cannot imagine going wrong here with anything!!
We left wanting to bring our whole family back and couldn’t stop raving!!!