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Evaluate: Fiorino Italian Road Meals Brings La Viva Italia to Chinatown

Evaluate: Fiorino Italian Road Meals Brings La Viva Italia to Chinatown

An Italian summer time fantasy, obtainable year-‘spherical.


Sep 14, 2022

In my Italian summer time fantasy, I’m lounging in flowy materials à la Gwyneth in The Gifted Mr. Ripley. And whereas I can’t fairly depend upon Vancouver’s heat(er) months to ship that form of escape, I can discover a style of it at Chinatown’s newest Florence-inspired street-food joint, Fiorino.

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The restaurant has an orangey-golden glow that’s seen from outdoors—it comes from up to date Edison bulbs, however the impact is that of an old-school trattoria. The beige-and-white ground tiles, industrial-chic ceiling, mandarin-coloured leather-based cubicles and mismatched photographs on the partitions all add to the vibe: Fiorino seems like an area that’s been round for many years, although it solely opened final October.

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Lunch is decidedly sandwich-focused right here: housemade focaccia is the bottom of every ’wich, with topping combos that purpose to raise the classics. The menu is all about “schiacciate” (or squashed) sandwiches. Not fairly panini-style, the focaccia comes crispy-cornered and lacquered with olive oil, however nonetheless maintains a mushy centre to take in all of the completely different spreads and cheeses on supply. The Michelangelo ($14) options ultra-salty guanciale and parmesan that’s muted simply sufficient by the sweetness of honey; a wealthy crema studded with walnuts provides a key textural crunch. Cherry tomatoes up the acid, and the frisée (whereas not a standard Italian ingredient) provides freshness with out the peppery chew {that a} inexperienced like arugula would.

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The Diavola ($15) is the aptly named satan to the Michelangelo’s angel. It’s a suckerpunch to the mouth with loud flavour and sharp spice—however hey, no ache, no achieve. The scamorza brings a deep smokiness that’s brightened by the funky and heavy-duty spice of ’nduja purple pepper cream. Soppressata brings an excellent fiercer warmth, and on this case the peppery observe of arugula feels crucial, not decorative. One of the best a part of each dishes is their composition: by some means, every chew seems like the right one. I by no means discovered myself needing to rebuild or angle the sandwich in an try to mix the entire greatest bits.

Take-out is an possibility right here, making these sandwiches an ideal packalong to a summer time park picnic. Add a pair sides of roasted potatoes or a piled-high panzanella and also you’re set for an Italian fantasy of your personal.

212 E Georgia St.

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