& Rose welcome you to Fiorentino's Italian restaurant; proudly serving
family recipes straight from Nonna's kitchen. We're making her tomato
sauce, meatballs, lasagna and bread from scratch every day... just like
she did for her family growing up in the Calabria region of southern Italy.
Be sure to bring a healthy appetite when you order one of our pasta dishes
or mix it up with any of the signature entrees you can only find here! Relax while your server or barkeep guides you through the menu. Share
a bottle of wine and transform your meal into a night to remember.
After all, life is to be enjoyed! We have two locations in Lancaster
County; each with its own personality. Our Columbia Avenue location, the
original, opened its doors in September of 1998. It has grown since its
humble beginnings but still keeps that cozy little restaurant feel - the
staff knows you by name if you've been there before. We're also located
inside the Lancaster Airport on Lititz Pike. Another great bunch of people
and this this restaurant specializes in banquets - big and
small. Enjoy Lancaster County's only restaurant with a runway view!
A Brief Family
grew up in the southern coastal city of Catanzaro, Italy; looking out over
olive trees and lemon groves to the Ionian Sea. All of her aunts
and uncles lived right there in her neighborhood with children running
about everywhere. No one locked the doors. The only phone was
down at the end of the block. Going out to a restaurant was unheard
of; the women wouldn't have it! They had dinner on the table every
night and those meals were a source of family pride. And their recipe
secrets were not passed along freely. Nonna, Rose's grandmother,
is credited with the recipes for all of our traditional meals. She
is the proud woman pictured in many of our ads. Rose took these pictures
while visiting home back in 1995.
mom and her sisters raised a whole community of proud, hard-working people
who know what family is really about. Like most Italians, they speak
their own dialect there and have their own way of doing things. Her
dad, for example, never punched a clock in his life. He leased local
olive groves and pressed olive oil for a living. Rose followed her
older sister to the United States when Rose was only thirteen years old.
She didn't speak a word of English. Soon the whole family came to
the States and now reside in Lancaster County. Her dad still farms
and would enjoy making his own wine & cheese in Ephrata. Rose Billas began
Fiorentino's restaurants in 1998 with her husband, Rob. He doesn't
have a stitch of Italian in him but he has a deep admiration for Italy's
food, wine and culture and the family who taught it to him.