I have been a loyal patron and enthusiast follower of Sandro Fioriti (who is the owner and chef of his namesake restaurant) since I settled in New York City years ago.
I first got to appreciate Sandro's unique talents at the Serafina branch on East 58th St.in the 1990's and have followed him up till his current location in the Upper East Side.
Don't let us forget that Sandro has proudly brought with himself to Manhattan that unique,special genuine " romanità' " into his cuisine based on his years previously spent in beautiful Frascati at Cacciani restaurant,a great Michelin recommended restaurant located in the city of Frascati,outside Rome ,which I knew since my childhood in Rome.
The mouthwatering insalatina di puntarelle (a special variety of Catalonian Chicory),when in season and the way Sandro prepares it,is simply unique and a rare find in Manhattan.
Not to mention,the fegatini all'aceto balsamico ...or the spaghetti al limone...the fettuccine alla bolognese or the branzino arrosto...each one deserving a prize in its own right.
Sandro himself is not only a great ,talented Chef ,but an impeccable,genuine Host in the real sense of the word . His charming wife and daughter as well as his Maître,besides Sandro himself,monitor constantly and interact individually with each single table to ensure that each one is satisfied with the dining experience in this hidden gem in Manhattan.
As they say in Italy: " Tanto di cappello ed Auguroni,Sandro! ",which means "I take off my hat to you and congratulate you,Sandro!"
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