In 1990 a bomb exploded across from Fiorentini’s on the Strand Road which blew up the front of the shop and smashed in all their windows. Whenever the Fiorentini’s began offering workmen coffee, customer’s started stepping through the broken windows assuming they were still serving! And so they continued business as usual even with the windows just blown in!
Ignazio Fiorentini with his son Sonny and grandsons Michael and Stephen in 1985In 1985 Fiorentini’s reopened on the Strand Road at number 47 and then reopened in 1990 opened at 67 Strand Road, where Ignazio has originally worked at Iannarelli’s. Last year, Michael, Ignazio’s grandson officially took over. Michael began working for Fiorentinis when he left university in 1985. He now runs the café with his wife Kathy and two son’s Michele and Carlo, who is 13, the same age as Ignazio when he began to work for Iannarelli’s. All their ice-cream is still home-made in the café from the authentic Italian recipe that Ignazio Fiorentini learned from Mr Iannarelli a century ago.