Recently, my family has heard talk of a new Italian restaurant in the old Foode location on Caroline Street. Being Italian ourselves, and always looking for a good Italian place, we decided to give it a try one day while my grandparents were visiting.
The restaurant looked great. I loved the little alleyway into the building. It reminded me of the streets in Italy.
The staff was very friendly. They were excited to speak in Italian to my dad, who found out that most of them are related and that they are from Sicily. After looking at the menu, I found that the foods were categorized by which region of Italy they come from. We ordered fried calamari and caprese off the antipasti menu (appetizers). Caprese is sliced tomato and mozzarella with basil topped with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt. This is one of my favorite foods, so the bar was set high. Orofino rose to the occasion. The caprese was delicious, and so was the calamari. The calamari wasn’t soggy like it usually is at other restaurants, and it was very tender.
My grandma and I ordered the Orofino pasta, an ever-changing pasta with seasonal ingredients. That day, it was lobster ravioli in an orange cream sauce. The ravioli was amazing, but I was still hungry after I had cleaned my dish. My brother Jack ordered spaghetti carbonara, which is spaghetti in a white cream sauce with pancetta and parmesan Jack said his pasta was good, but his standards were set high for spaghetti carbonara since our parents make it from scratch at home. He said he would have liked it even more if they used bacon instead of pancetta.
For dessert, Jack ordered hazelnut gelato. This wasn’t his first choice; he was originally going to get a cannoli, but they didn’t have any. Then, he asked about chocolate gelato, but the only flavor they had was hazelnut, so he settled for this. I ordered tiramisu, which is sponge cake with coffee, mascarpone, and cocoa. My aunt made this for me for my birthday in Italy when I turned nine, and I hadn’t had any that good until Orofino. It might have even been better than the one I had in Italy (sorry Zia Mary Lou!). The cake was light and creamy, and it tasted wonderful. Everyone in my family, including my grandparents, was jumping in to get a bite of my cake.
My family and I loved Orofino. The staff was very friendly, the food was amazing, and we had a great time being there. We will definitely be back another time. It was truly a great experience, and it’s the place to try if you’re looking for a new place to eat.