What a nice welcome to the neighborhood! Thank you Jane Hienz and the Chartley Chatter for taking the time to visit us at Ristorante Firenze recently. We haven't even opened and we can see the excitement building from our local Reisterstown neighbors. Local signage, newsletter articles and many reservations for our first public fundraiser on February 11th. Thank you again for such neighborly support! If you don't live in the Chartley here is a copy of the article below. Click on this link to read the entire newsletter!
We are looking forward inviting Jane back. Just a few more weeks until we are open for business!
"Reisterstown will soon be welcoming a new and exciting
restaurant by the name of Ristorante Firenze
on or about February 12. The location is where
Toninos was. The opening has been delayed because
of problems associated with renovating an old building
and bringing everything up to code. As I write
this, the place is a work-in-progress, but I know everyone
will be standing in line when the doors finally
I had a chance to sit down with the two owners,
Larry and Brian Leonardi (Larry will also take the
role of manager) and the head chef, Zach Leonardi.
They come into our town with good credentials as
they operated Frank Velleggia's Casa di Pasta in
Belvedere Square for ten years and are, in fact, related
to the Velleggias of Little Italy. Besides hands-on
experience, Zach has studied the culinary arts at the
Carroll County Career and Technology Center and
at the Anne Arundel County Community College.
They are all excited about the new venture and are
anxious to show off their efforts on opening day. I
have to say that their efforts go well beyond what a
normal restaurant would do. Their goal is to open a
very classy place.
They will offer a full liquor menu with drinks made
with fresh juices and freshly made syrups when needed.
They will offer signature cocktails, like the
Reisterstownier, or the Glyndon Manhattan; craft
beers, one from Italy and the others from our own
Baltimore breweries; a good list of bottled beers and a
huge – and I mean huge – selection of wines from California
and Italy. There will even be a walk-in, temperature-
controlled wine cooler dividing the lounge
from the dining area.
The main entrance will be from the rear, where you
will first find an expanded, newly paved and lighted
parking lot. You will enter through custom-made,
beveled-wood doors and step onto imported Italian
tile flooring. Hard to miss will be the gorgeous
Murano glass chandelier hanging in the dining room.
This wonderful piece was custom made for the
Leonardis. It will fit in beautifully with the high-class
decor in their place and will be one of the things that
people will remember. Murals and a huge mirror will
further decorate the walls, and along with wall color
choices, will provide a relaxed, elegant atmosphere.
The dining area will have tables for seating close to 60
The lounge will comfortably seat 30 including the
bar with seating for 13. The bar will be tiled in their
signature red and will feature docking ports for
phones and computers, hooks for coats and purses located
underneath. There is a fireplace with a surround
of earth-toned shades of stone, a large TV above it,
leather tub chairs and love seats so patrons can watch
their favorite sport, along with four high-topped tables
for people who wish food served.
All the food will be made daily on site by Zach
Leonardi, and his crew. Everything from the sauces,
pasta, breads to the desserts. The menu will offer the
classic Italian favorites, but, for instance, your clam
sauce will have fresh clams in the shell, not clams
from the freezer. Your mac and cheese will have
freshly made pasta, not pasta from the box. Your
steaks will be hand cut to order.
The Leonardis are making a serious effort to be part
of the cornmunity. They are using local vendors in
fixing up the site whenever possible and are banking
at Farmers & Merchants Bank. In time, they will
offer events where the fire hall, for instance, can earn
money from patrons dining on a particular day.
The Leonardis are bringing a real touch of class to
Reisterstown with their excellent food and drink, comfortable
surroundings and the decor in a soft palate of
colors. It will be a place where we will enjoy all aspects
of our dining experience. You can follow them
on Facebook: @eatfirenzemd, Twitter:
@eatfirenze and you can also Google them, Firenze
They plan to be open seven days a week with specials
served for lunch and dinner in addition to the
regular menu. Sunday through Wednesday they will
offer what they call Firenze Special Nights. The
Chartley community wishes Firenze the best of luck.
We will soon see you all there. Bon appetit."
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