Tiffani Faison’s Orfano has shut. The throwback Italian-American restaurant in the Fenway shuttered on Thursday, confirms a source affiliated with the restaurant. It opened in 2019 with considerably fanfare and reopened in November 2021 immediately after a hiatus. The closing may arrive as a shock to sector-watchers: Previously this calendar year, Faison snagged a coveted James Beard Finest Chef Northeast nomination for the spot.
“Nostalgia is so existing below it is virtually an further visitor at the table — in the garlic bread, wrapped in crimson-and-white tissue in the duck Marbella for two, an personal remake of an ‘80s evening meal social gathering in the dish of grandma candies by the door, filled with sweet, sticky goo and wrapped in strawberry-printed foil,” Devra 1st wrote in her 2020 assessment.
But now, Faison is looking to the long run, focusing on a new restaurant down the block at 1363 Boylston St. That cafe, strategy to be introduced afterwards, will swap her shuttered Southeast Asian cafe, Tiger Mama. Tiger Mama opened in 2016 and shut in 2021.
Faison is also hectic somewhere else: Fool’s Errand, her adult snack bar in the similar community, is slated for reopening quickly. She also operates barbecue parlor Sweet Cheeks on the same extend, as nicely as several stalls at the new Large Street Place food items hall.
Faison was most not too long ago observed throwing out the initial pitch at Fenway Park’s Satisfaction Evening and on the Food Network’s “Tournament of Champions” competitiveness, exactly where she gained $100,000.