Orofino has been such a welcome addition to the downtown restaurant scene. The people and food of Orofino are authentic and it shows through every step of your dining experience. Owner & operator, Danilo Orofino arrived in New York City from Sicily several years ago, speaking only Italian but armed with a love for food, culture and a determination to make his mark in a city that is overwhelmed with talent and no shortage of Italian restaurants. He obtained a highly sought out server position at the super popular Eataly. It was there that he was approached by local Fredericksburg restaurant owners. He agreed to move to Fredericksburg and run Basilico which he did successfully for several years before opening Orofino on Caroline Street in 2016.
A friend and I were lucky enough to reserve a spot at the first cooking class Orofino held, a spot that lately has become quite hard to reserve. We gathered early on a Monday morning, prior to the lunch rush and were treated to freshly made pastries and espresso. We learned how to make a fresh tomato sauce, a sage sauce, homemade ravioli and fresh spaghetti pasta. Danilo and the other instructors made us all feel so welcome in their kitchen introducing us to many family members and sharing sweet memories from Italy.
Orofino is open six days a week for lunch, happy hour and dinner service. They've made great use of the patio space and are currently expanding into the attached building next door, where they will offer Italian market items, gelato, coffee and additional seating.
Orofino has caught on quick in Fredericksburg, with excellent reason. You can taste the love and care that goes into their dishes and and you'll feel welcome when you walk in their door, which to me, is a very important component to a successful restaurant.
Orofino's menu highlights which region each dish originates from and they offer specials each month from specific regions. You'll find their menu below as well as their catering menu.