Ever since Fiore’s Café opened in its current location back in September, patrons have been raving about both the food and the ambience. Eating at this locally owned establishment is reminiscent of dining in Tuscany. Soaring ceilings accented by rugged wood beams; stone arches; soothing, rich colors; sleek granite table tops and exceptional service provide the perfect setting. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, but it’s the authentic Italian cuisine that has customers returning again and again.
Handmade pizzas, strombolis and calzones remain part of the regular menu, but the recent additions such as the Marsala Pizza and Chicken Caesar are sure to make regulars out of even more customers.
Patrons can’t stop talking about the original dishes at Fiore’s, especially the Black Seafood Linguine, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes. The homemade pasta gains its unique dark coloring thanks to the addition of squid ink. An array of fresh seafood—including clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops—is nestled in a luscious lobster sauce, making this entrée a perennial favorite.
Another big hit is the lasagna and with good reason.
“It’s a huge, hearty portion and one of our best sellers,” says manager Jenny Shull. “It’s a very cheesy, meaty lasagna and we use fresh, homemade pasta, not boxed.
“We didn’t take anything away from our old menu,” assures Shull, “but wanted to add some new dishes. We’ve added a number of items, including a traditional favorite Penne alla Vodka. Other new items include the Linguini Puttanesca, Scampi Cosanostra, Spaghetti Gamberi, Tilapia Livornese, Salmon Mezzaluna and Pasta primavera.”
Young diners will appreciate the new Kids’ Menu, which includes penne alfredo, spaghetti and marinara and Italian chicken fingers and fries.
Don’t miss the latest appetizer offerings including the antipasto special, Italian meat pies, coconut jumbo shrimp and the Carpaccio, a fabulous first course that highlights tender, thinly sliced filet mignon presented with delicately flavored olive oil, a spring mix, lemon and fresh Parmesan.
As with all of Fiore’s dishes, everything is made from scratch with the freshest, natural ingredients. While each item is carefully prepared, it’s also artfully presented with flair and sophistication, making your dining experience a treat for the eyes as well as the palate.
Savory garlic “knots,” warm from the oven, are served with every entrée, and you can select a fine wine, glass of beer or Fiore’s famous homemade sangria to round out your meal.
Since Fiore’s Cafe is open seven days a week, why not set aside an evening soon to relax and savor an authentic Italian meal the way it was meant to be enjoyed? The chefs and staff at Fiore’s will go out of their way to make your visit memorable.
119 S. Pine Ave., Ocala