Shelly Fireman Opens Italian Downtown Restaurant, Florian

Shelly Fireman, the restaurateur behind several popular New York City restaurants including Café Fiorello, Trattoria Dell'Arte, Red Eye Grill, Brooklyn Diners, and Bond 45, has just opened a new Italian restaurant on Park Avenue South in Manhattan.

"Helmed by Bologna-born chef de Oliveira, Florian offers traditional Italian cuisine with hero dishes," says a press release from the newly opened restaurant.

"Think lasagna ossobuco, a perfect combination of cheese, meaty flavors, and bone marrow in the epicenter; the housemade sausage and caramelized onion pizza, a thin-crust pizza served atop a painters palette with an egg in the middle; whole lobster pizza, served with an entire lobster, zucchini and peppers; and the seafood and whole wheat farro soup, a light soup served with calamari, octopus and faro, among others. In addition, Florian serves an antipasti vegetable menu with an assortment of seasonal vegetables that rotate daily and are locally sourced from New York City's Union Square Greenmarket."

The restaurant's interior is designed by Broadway production designer David Korins, who has designed sets for Motown, Annie, and Godspell; and includes items from Fireman's personal collection.

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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.