Fiorella: Simple, Southern Italian and 8 Reasons to Go

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Fiorella may be new to Rochester, but the owners are not new to great food. Now you may have noticed we called it "simple" Southern Italian, but don't get us wrong, when we say simple, we don't mean basic or boring. We mean delicious food made from fresh, good, simple, local ingredients.

Here are 8 reasons you should dine at Fiorella:

1. It's like Dining with Family

Take a seat at Fiorella for dinner and you might notice the dishes and napkins on the table - they are not your typical restaurant ware. But that's what we love, you feel like you're dining with family, at a home where the special dishes are pulled out for company.

Fun note: all of the dishes and napkins here were collected when owners Gino and Alison were planning their wedding. These are the same dishes their friends and families dined on during their special day, and they want to share that love with the community.

2. It's Good Home Cookin' Italian

It's all homemade. The bread, the gelato, the pizza dough (we'll get into this more), the pasta and more - are all homemade.

3. The Ingredients are Local

Our server was quite passionate about the food and the owners. She shared that Chef Gino cooks with as many local ingredients as absolutely possible. The produce is local, the meat is local, most of the wines are local, there's local beer, cheese and other things we've probably forgotten to mention too. The sorbet pictured above? Homemade from concord grapes that grew in Naples.

4. The Art is Local

When you first enter it's pretty hard to miss the original St. Monci mural on the wall.

The other framed pieces you'll notice around the restaurant were curated by the market's own Chase The Art. We didn't take a picture, so you'll just have to go in, order lunch or dinner, and see it for yourself.

5. The Furniture is Local

Take a seat. Admire the tables, the chairs and the bar. Recognize the sleek and simple design? Yes, you guessed it - it was all made by our city's own Staach.

6. The Pizza Dough

So, Fiorella makes this thing called naturally leavened pizza dough. It is made from only three ingredients: organic flour, water, and sea salt.

That's it, it's simple and wonderful.

7. They Love What They Do

Owners Alison and Chef Gino Ruggiero, LOVE what they do. This is evident in the food, the decor, the ingredients, the service and every aspect of their farm-to-table Italian restaurant.

8. They Just Started Dinner Service

No picture needed for this one - they're open more! If you haven't been able to make it down to Fiorella over the last few weeks while they were only open for lunch, don't fret. They are now open Wednesday-Saturday for lunch AND dinner. Head to their website for hours.

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Pizza, pasta, bread, and changing seasonal menu items - we cannot wait to dine again at Fiorella. Follow along with the Rochesteriat on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Drifters LB: not your Average Hotel Kitchen

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For a minute, let's forget you just stepped inside a Hotel. You're here for lunch or dinner, do the surroundings matter?

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Is there a wait to be seated? Or maybe you're waiting for the rest of your party to arrive - take a seat.

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Party of six? No problem...

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Party of four? Even better and hey - you may get lucky with a party of 2 in these fancy booths (can you say date night?)!

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the Rochesteriat

Take in your surroundings while you peruse the menu. It really doesn't feel like dining in any other hotels we've ever been into.

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the rochesteriat

Ahh, wings! Can't decide between two different flavors - no need to pick - have both.

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What about a perfectly cooked steak?

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Or a burger. We swear, there really is a burger under there somewhere.

We got a tiny peek into the kitchen where everything is cooked to order with locally sourced ingredients. We've also heard rumblings that the Chicken & Waffles are a must.

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Stop down and we know you'll agree - this isn't your average hotel kitchen. And the best part? This restaurant (and hotel) is a part of the revitalization of our Main Street. Localites and visitors alike at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, have a great option to eat and experience our city.

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Our city has so many great restaurant options, we often find ourselves deciding what type of cuisine we want first just so we can narrow down our choices! Follow along with the Rochesteriat on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Good Luck: eating this whole burger!

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Maybe with the hope of warm weather coming soon you're thinking to yourself, "I'm gonna start eating better so I can shed some of these winter pounds."

But on the other hand, maybe you've given up on thinking that this winter is ever going to end and you can justify another month or two of adding additional layers to your skin just so you're warm enough to make it out of bed in the morning.

We admit that we're considered a part of the latter group. That's why we can justify giving Good Luck's 1 lb. grass-fed beef burger and cheddar with a side of slaw and french fries a try…look how scrumptious it is in this video produced by our friends at Fish & Crown. Kind of changes the way you look at a burger…in a great way.