March 27, 2007
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Chic ambiance, warm service and good food make this Italian restaurant an ideal choice for a romantic date or for a family gathering. The furniture is black and contrasts stylishly with the whitewashed walls. On one corner, there is a glass display unit which shows off Fiorana’s desserts, cheese and breads.
The highlight of a meal in this restaurant is most definitely the complementary plate of bruschetta that you get to put together on your own. A beautiful wooden slicing board with warm, fresh bread is put in front of you along with a plate of basil leaves, cherry tomatoes and roasted garlic pods. Pick up the garlic and rub it on the bread so it spreads evenly. Follow this up with the basil leaves and then the cherry tomatoes. Drizzle some olive oil and bite into the fresh bruschetta. Delicious! Don’t be shy asking the waiter for help and directions – they are very friendly.
The starters and salads at Fiorano are superb. You cannot go wrong with the crostinis – bread baked with mozzarella cheese and vegetable (like tomatoes or mushrooms) or chicken toppings. The mixed green salad with tomatoes and sundried tomatoes is fantastic. The minestrone soup is good.
The main courses are passable. I have tried the pastas – both vegetarian and non-vegetarian and have not loved it. I tried the margharita pizza recently, a thin crust pizza with tomatoes, basil and cheese and it was quite good. My recommendation would be to focus on the salads and starters and go easy on the main course.
As for dessert, do try the tiramisu, it is really good with the right amount of mascarpone and coffee flavour. They have a mango cheesecake and fig tart – but I have not tried those. Exotic chocolates are also available; my favourite is an orange peel chocolate, a slightly bitter treat.
A very interesting fact about Fiorano is that they have a cheese factory upstairs where they make mozzarella, ricotta, mascarpone, bocconcini and cream cheese. You can buy them fresh from them. They also sell imported cheese such as brie and gorgonzola as well as cold cuts like salami. Fresh breads including focaccia are also available. Their patisserie churns out some gorgeous cakes, desserts and pastries as well on order. They do make home deliveries on orders over Rs.1500. Call them to get more details or log on to http://www.fiorano.in.
Fiorano an excellent option for vegetarians, the vegetarian choices are extensive and delicious. Valet parking is available. Do make reservations if you are going there past 8:30 pm. A meal for two without alcohol is approximately Rs.1000.
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