Fieramosca was an ancient Italian warrior, a folklore hero. The restaurant that bears his name is in an unassuming white brick townhouse in a neighbourhood of historic homes.
Walls are resplendent with wine racks, artifacts, memorabilia and a great wood-burning fireplace. The mood in La Nandina, the handsome third-floor private dining room, is great for a gregarious bunch of up to 40 celebrants, and has its own outdoor terrace. In summer, the regulars are the first to book the flower-filled back patio.
But how do we love Fieramosca? Let me count the ways: sautéed shrimp in white wine with carciofi in tomato-cream sauce thrills with every bite; funghi saltati is a sautée of exotic mushrooms, dressed with fresh herbs and wearing a jaunty cap of brie. They know that some people want a bit of everything, and they produce it: grigliati di carne is a sumptuous platter of grilled quail, lamb, sausage, chicken and veal. In the end, it is my affection for the signature dish, Linguine Fieramosca for two: a tangle of pasta plump with lobster, crab, mussels, squid and clams in tomato or white wine sauce. The wine list complements the foods they serve. Go to Fieramosca when you need some Italian soul food, and Italian hospitality.
You will come away totally fulfilled.