Hey, Vancouver foodies! If you’re craving a taste of Florence let me introduce you to Fiorino, a little gem in Chinatown. This cozy restaurant is co-owned by my Italian friend Giovanni Mascagni, a real ambassador of the real “Made in Italy” in Vancouver. Nestled in the heart of Vancouver, this spot isn’t just a restaurant; it’s a personal culinary journey to the streets of Florence, or Firenze, as we say in Italy.
The vibe is a mix of cozy and classy, with rustic decor that transports you straight to Tuscany. Warm lighting, Italian art on the walls and a sense of authenticity that starts in the kitchen. Here they use only top quality ingredients such as Prosciutto di Parma (featured in the Coccoli with burrata, which during our visit replaced the stracchino cheese) and the extra virgin olive oils, Fontana Rosa (blend of Leccino and Coratina) and the monovarietal Intosso Slow Food, both imported by my olive oil import company Oleocanthal.
Let’s dive into the star of the show—the food. Fiorino’s menu is Giovanni’s love letter to the culinary scene of Florence. From classic dishes to inventive creations, it’s a feast that’ll have your taste buds.
Start with the Coccoli (fried dough balls typical of Florence), then try the fritto misto, which contains deep fried semolina battered seafood and veggies, tasty and fresh. Our favorite for sharing ? The Arancini, rosted artichoke and gorgonzola risotto croquettes, with onion sauce and Parmigiano Reggiano.
Don’t sleep on the drinks either. Fiorino’s wine list, curated by Giovanni himself, is like a passport to Italy, with options that will elevate your dining experience. Want to bring your own wine? That’s not a problem, you will just pay for the wine service. We brought a Nebbiolo from Valtellina which paired perfectly with Rosticciana, Tuscan braised ribs, so tender that they melted in the mouth.
Small wonder this restaurant has won the Michelin BiB Gourmand Award, given to those restaurants providing excellent quality-price. Giovanni has been able to provide a top-notch service, genuine flavors, and an experience that feels like a trip to Florence. Whether you’re on a romantic date, celebrating with family, or just kicking it with friends, Fiorino has Giovanni’s personal touch of hospitality.
If you are looking for a good lunch featuring Italian food this might be one of your best bets, with schiacciata sandwiches to die for which include top quality ingredients.
Fiorino isn’t your average restaurant—it’s Giovanni Mascagni’s introduction to Florence. With vibes that transport you to Italy, Fiorino, which will soon open a second location, has etched its place in Vancouver’s food scene.
With its great prices (try the Happy Hour for amazing deals) it promises a culinary journey that’ll make you feel like home and leave you with memories as sweet as tiramisu, which by the way you have to try!
P.S Don’t miss the Olive Oil Cake. As an EVO oil lover, I loved it and brought me back to Italy. Delicate and soft, a perfect way to end your meal.