Come Wednesday, the outer Avenues residents will have a new neighborhood Italian restaurant to frequent in the form of Fiorella. It’s a local affair: owner Boris Nemchenok (Uva Enoteca) grew up in the area and chef/partner Brandon Gillis (Franny’s) and chef de cuisine Gavin Braid (Park Tavern, Mikkeller Bar) live there now. Gillis created a menu of approachable antipasti, pizzas and pastas. There’s nothing too out-there on this one, with margherita pizza and linguine with clams headlining the menu (though you can order your pasta gluten-free), but with Gillis’ past experience at Franny’s, a celebrated Brooklyn neighborhood spot, it’s fair to hope that Fiorella lives up to that pedigree. Cocktails are mild, as the space only has a beer and wine license, but the completely SF-made beer list and extensive wine list has plenty to make up for that.
The 40-seat space features a "Bay Area icons" wallpaper from Flavor Papers with figures like Alice Waters and Joe Montana. Once the weather clears up a bit, the outdoor space in the back will open as well. Check out the full menus below, available daily starting this Wednesday, January 27 from 5 p.m to 10 p.m. (brunch is on its way) when Fiorella opens to the public.