The drinks menu includes specialty martinis a la cart, served tableside off a bar cart. But there are also specialty cocktails like the Gramma’s Fix with Compass Box Artist’s Blend Scotch, pineapple Gomme, Fino Sherry, ginger, lemon and chamomile; or the Lemon Ice with Reyka Vodka, lemon cordial, Amontillado, almond and shaved ice.
Orfano’s bar program is headed by Brian Callahan, beverage director for Big Heart Hospitality, and Charlie Gaeta, the group’s wine director.
Pastas include classics like fusilli alla vodka ($23) and cacio e pepe ($24), as well as this lobster bucatini in brown butter lobster sauce, with fresh lobster, basil and chile ($31). In a way, it’s a return for Faison, who first made her mark in Boston in 2010 at the restaurant Rocca Kitchen & Bar, a Southern Italian concept, before she moved on to launch her own restaurant — a Texas-style barbecue concept — Sweet Cheeks in 2011.
Entrées include the fusion-ish Pig Parmesan, featuring a tonkatsu patty with marinara, mozzarella and parmesan ($29).
There are cannolis for dessert, served in a white cardboard box.
Where a stereotypical red-sauce spot might have a more masculine presence, Orfano puts the spotlight on strong women, from Anna Pellegrino, the matriarch of the restaurant Rao’s, to Lady Gaga. One alcove has a collage of Sophia Loren on the ceiling.