I was anxious to try Lombardi’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 – 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 – 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 entrée 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 – tender, sweet and delicious, not at all tough as larger shrimp can be sometimes.
The Chocolate Mousse Crème Anglaise was outstanding. Dense and chocolatey, it still wasn’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.