You typically wouldn’t expect to find cheap eats at an Italian restaurant like Fiore’s Ristorante Toscana, but that’s exactly what you’ll find on their lunch menu. Set in downtown Asheville in a historic brick building, Fiore’s Ristorante Toscana is a favorite among both tourists and locals. The highly acclaimed restaurant features authentic Tuscan flavors and cuisine that simply aren’t what you’ll find at many mainstream Italian restaurants. It prides itself on fresh, authentic dishes that bring guests back to try something different on each visit.
Fiore’s Ristorante Toscana has to be one of the few Italian restaurants in the world that has what could be tabbed as a $5 lunch menu. What the Asheville restaurant refers to as “courthouse specials”, these are several cheap entrees, with most of them being $5, although there are a couple, like the tortellini and broccoli, which are a couple dollars more.
My recommendation for this $5 lunch in Asheville comes down to either the BLT sandwich or the quick bite. At the end of the day, the Half Bite takes the trophy because it comes with a few more options. With the BLT, patrons get fresh local tomatoes, organic leaf lettuce and Applewood smoked bacon between toasted bread. Options of a side are either soup or a mixed greens salad. With the quick bite, guests get a sandwich option of either tuna salad, chicken salad or grilled chicken with swiss cheese and choice of soup or side salad. With the quick bite, to stay at $5, guests have to choose the half sandwich. The whole sandwich is $3 more.
Fiore’s Ristorante Toscana $5 lunch is available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and can be ordered to go. It features a convenient location, as it’s close to many of downtown Asheville’s attractions and hotels.
[photo courtesy of alcomike]