Fornaro is the newest restaurant in Coconut Grove
It almost looks out of place, like a movie set, or a scene out of Burn Notice; its setting is in an industrial-type area across from Burger King and backed up to Crook and Crook. Lorenzo, the owner, from San Paolo, Brazil, has authentic Italian dishes with what he calls a "modern twist." Brazil has large Italian communities, and Lorenzo's relatives are from Italy so it's a mix of both. Fornaro is very comfortable, a place you will want to visit often. I have friends who have been back two and three times already in the short time they've been open.
Sandwiches include Milanese ($11.50), Italian Sausage ($12.50), Salmon ($14.50); pastas include Linguine provencal ($14.50), Spaghetti Pomodoro ($11.50) and Fettuccine Alfredo ($12.00) to name a few.
There are salads and soups and gourmet pizza starting at $10.00. Veal, chicken and seafood are part of the menu too and desserts including Tiramisu ($7.80), Petit Gateau ($7.80), Tropical Pineapple ($4.80) and Ice Cream Pop ($5.20).
The restaurant is casual, yet upscale in presentation and taste. You can tell a lot of work went into the creation of the place. And check out the sausage bread, a house specialty ($9.95).
"Our mission is to serve deliciously authentic Italian fare in a modern and welcoming environment," says Lorenzo.
Fornaro Italian Restaurant is located at 2750 SW 26 Avenue. Hours are: Tuesday thru Thursday: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and then 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm; Friday: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm; Saturday: 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm and Sunday: 5:30 pm to 10 pm. Closed Monday.
You can reach them at: 305-668-8888.
Photos via Fornaro's Facebook page and Tom Falco
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