Cuisine: Fine Italian cuisine.
Pizzeria and a restaurant.
Hours: Open seven days a
week from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends.
Cards: All major credit
Parking: Along Metropolitan
looks like a typical pizza joint from the outside, but the fašade is a humble statement
of the extraordinary tastes that await in the restaurant.
The restaurant is
conveniently located on Metropolitan Avenue and featuring romantic photos of Italian
cities. Songs of Frank Sinatra add to the ambience. And
then theres the host and manager Alfred Liardi, originally from Sicily, whose smile
and hospitality reveal his love of food.
For appetizers there
is Antipasti Funghi Ripien ($7.95), which is stuffed mushrooms with herbs in special
breading. Pasta Fagoli ($4) is under the soup
section, but its heartiness reveals otherwise. It
is overloaded with noodles and red kidney beans and flavored with sliced prosciutto and
Among the entrees is
Filet of Sole Frances ($15.95), which is pan-fried in white wine, lemon, butter and
garlic, with a touch of cream. Vitello
Cotoletta is breaded veal fried and baked with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
also serves personal 12-inch brick oven pizzas such as Quattro Stagioni, which is topped
with mozzarella, prosciutto, mushrooms and artichokes.
their own menu like shrimp frances, Liardi.
We make it if were not busy.
One thing to look
for is the specials, which change weekly. One recommendation is the Vitello Ai Funghi
($17.95). This amazing dish is veal with a
demi-glazed brown sauce of mushrooms, accompanied with
Carrots, zucchini and broccoli, cooked to perfection.
If you missed church
on Sunday then make it to Fortunatas for its desserts and youll have a
religious experience. There are three choices all worth trying. If you like being spoiled then go for the rich
cheesecake made with American cream cheese. Liardis aunt makes this dessert. On the lighter side is the homemade, divine
Tiramisu. Its made with ladyfingers dipped in anisette, topped with mascarpone and a
thin layer of chocolate. And last but not
least is their Canoli made with imported ricotta goat cheese, eyeballed with cherries on
each end. What makes this restaurant
authentic Italian is that your pants button might have to come undone by the time you