I was anxious to try Lombardiâ€™s new Tuscan steakhouse concept, La Fiorentina, particularly as a fan of Lombardi neighbors, Taverna, Sangria and Toulouse.
La Forientina is definitely worth a try. Very good but not great â€“ but truly great is a mark they might hit with some further refinement.
The crostini, which came highly recommended, changes daily. We tried four varieties â€“ Speck, Lardo, Roasted Tomato, and Polenta with Cheese Fondue. The latter was a standout; the others simply good.
The Gran Tortelloni was a dish I was excited to try based on past reviews. It was incredibly flavorful; it just wasn’t a flavor you craved more of after a few bites. The Tagliolini alle Vongole with Manila clams in a white wine sauce was even better than expected.
The huge Baked Nigerian Shrimp were not available as an entrÃ©e except by special request, but one was served alongside the risotto del giorno and could also be ordered as an addition to any steak. A fantastic must-try. These massive crustaceans were more like small lobsters â€“ tender, sweet and delicious, not at all tough as larger shrimp can be sometimes.
The Chocolate Mousse CrÃ¨me Anglaise was outstanding. Dense and chocolatey, it still wasnâ€™t overwhelming. The shards of white chocolate not only added to the sensory experience, they yielded a presentation that resembled a chocolate flower. I found myself having trouble putting down the spoon.
Wine selection is solid and well-priced. The space (the renovated Chips on Cole Avenue, previously a church) has been transformed beautifully and warrants a visit. And service was spot-on.