Cafe Fiore's trattoria style décor is both eclectic and cozy. You might almost feel like you were in a different country. The evening we stopped in, there was a 2-piece combo playing old soul/R&B standards like Al Green type music. You could sit in the bar and enjoy some live music with your cocktail.
We choose to have dinner. As soon as we sat at our table, home made bread and tapenade were brought out. The breads included a nice, crusty Italian and focaccia. The tapenade was a great mixture of olives and roasted peppers. We started with the lobster cognac bisque. I expected a cup of soup and was pleasantly surprised when a bowl of soup appeared. The soup was hearty and tasty with just a hint of cognac. I ordered the Vermicelli al Pomodoro, which is made with corn pasta for those gluten conscious eaters, but asked for traditional pasta. The vermicelli was perfectly cooked al dente and the pomodoro sauce was light, but full of flavor. There were lovely chunks of fresh mozzarella cheese throughout.
My guest ordered the Risotto con Pollo e Funghi. The risotto was (again) perfectly cooked with that great creamy finish a good risotto should have. The chicken and mushrooms were a lovely addition.
The menu includes specially concocted martinis ($10) and handcrafted beers from around the world. The menu includes several gluten-free dishes.
The front of the house is more bar-like, but the back of the house is perfect for large parties.
Go eat here, you will not be disappointed. Trust me on this.
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