Tiffani Faison’s Italian restaurant Orfano closes in Boston’s Fenway

Orfano, chef and restaurateur Tiffani Faison, an upscale but quirky ode to Italian-American cuisine in red sauce, closed after service yesterdayJune 30th. Faison’s team confirms the news and notes that fans can expect updates on other Fenway projects from its restaurant group, Big Heart Hospitality, soon, including the new project in its former Tiger space. Mama down the street (1363 Boylston Street, Boston) and the full reopening of “adult snack bar” Fool’s Errand (1377 Boylston Street, Boston), which was used primarily as an event space during parts of the pandemic.

Orfano debuted just under three years ago and spent part of 2020 and 2021 on hiatus due to the pandemic, but when it was open it charmed fans with its martini trolley, its Chic but slightly irreverent decor and its whimsical twists on classic red-and-sauce cuisine. It was “a triumphant modern version of Italian”, according to the title of a restaurant review from February 2020 by Jolyon Helterman in Boston magazine.

The Martini Alla trolley at Orfano.
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It has landed on Eater Boston’s “Best Food of the Week” list multiple times due to its excellent pasta dishes, especially the lobster bucatini, “with generous chunks of lobster and a fully satisfying silky richness.” , and several other local writers. hailed it as one of the best meals and top newcomers of the year in Eater Boston’s 2019 year-end surveys. As local writer Eric Twardzik put it: “Orfano has resurrected the glamor of old-school Italian chic – waiters in white jackets, martini carts, comically large pepper mills – while serving dishes that were instantly recognizable by name yet fresh and exciting in their execution”.

This closure leaves Sweet Cheeks Q BBQ, Faison’s first restaurant, as its only fully operational restaurant in the Fenway area at this time, with the replacement of Tiger Mama and the full reopening of Fool’s Errand still to come, as shown below. -above. But she’s been busy on other fronts, operating three businesses in downtown Boston’s new food court, High Street Place, and appearing on various Food Network shows as a judge, co-host and contestant. , of Chopped at Guy’s Grocery Games.

Faison and his team are still keeping quiet about exactly what will happen in the Tiger Mama space, but stay tuned for updates, and in the meantime, go drink champagne, eat some old-fashioned pizza. and try some ‘supafries’ at The Big Heart Hospitality Places in High Street Place.

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