February 2015 Update

posted Mar 29, 2015, 7:48 AM by Nicholas Forlano   [ updated Mar 29, 2015, 3:21 PM ]

Nick Forlano just wanted to serve good sandwiches at his deli in The Plains. Now you really need a reservation to get in. (Courtesy of the Washington Post) Forlano's Market was located at the corner of Main Street and Fauquier Avenue in The Plains, Virginia, from June 2008 to January 2015. While we are in the process of evaluating new locations, Chef Nick is available for gourmet catering, in-home culinary classes, and cooking demonstrations. Please email if you would like to know more about his availability for your special event.

Originally opened as a local market offering cooking classes, prepared dinner service, and gourmet deli sandwiches, persistent customer demand drove our expansion into a full service restaurant that offered a unique open kitchen lunch and dining experience, as described by Candy Sagon in her November 2013 review in the Washington Post (click here for the complete review).

Chef Nick greatly enjoyed the lively interaction with customers and friends while preparing gourmet meals in our unique and intimate open kitchen, and we appreciate all of our loyal customers in the Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland region over these past 7 years. Thank you for the feedback and reviews in FacebookYelpTrip Advisor, and Google+. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates on special events and our future plans!


Chef Nick Forlano and The Staff of Forlano's Market

Dear Patrons

posted Mar 29, 2015, 7:41 AM by Nicholas Forlano

It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of Forlano’s Market on Thursday, January 29th. 

My staff joins me in expressing what a great privilege it has been to serve you over the last 6 and a half years, and we sincerely thank each and every person who has contributed to our success. The outpouring of kindness, help and patronage we have received over the years has been truly astounding and we are deeply grateful. While we will not discuss the details of the reasons behind our need to relocate, we will say that is has not been for lack of public support. 

Part of our mission at Forlano’s has always been to create a space that nurtured the community and you as the community have nurtured us in return. Over the years we have had the pleasure of employing many teenagers who have grown into amazing young adults before our eyes. We have celebrated milestones and anniversaries with the families who regularly warm our chairs, and we have grieved losses with them as well.

As we bring this chapter of our adventure to a close, please come out to share a memory and make a new one as we celebrate the unforgettable ride that has been Forlano’s Market. 

Our last day of business will be Wednesday, January 28th. Please stay tuned to this website and our Facebook page, as you never know what the future holds. You may see the crew and I back at it in a new location before you know it!


Chef Nick Forlano and The Staff of Forlano's Market


Let Us Cater Your Next Special Event!

posted Mar 12, 2014, 11:35 AM by Nicholas Forlano   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 11:50 AM ]

Allow us to simplify your next event by having Chef Forlano prepare a beautiful farm-to-table menu specifically for you! Off site catering available for groups of 50 or less, or reserve our dining room for a private dinner for groups of 32 or less.  Please contact Amanda Stone at 540-253-5456 or at if you would like to learn more details and/or book a date!

Free Wine Tasting Every 2nd Wednesday of the Month, 5:30 - 7:30

posted Mar 6, 2014, 8:54 AM by Nicholas Forlano   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 11:59 AM ]

Join us the second Wednesday of every month for a free wine tasting! Each month we feature a different exemplary local winery or country of origin. Stay posted to this website, or follow us on Facebook to find out what we will be tasting next!

Sample Chef's Tasting Menu

posted Feb 10, 2014, 8:03 AM by Nicholas Forlano   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 12:08 PM ]

Celebrate your next special occasion by reserving a four-course Chef's Tasting with optional wine pairings! Let Chef Forlano build a menu specifically for you! Available Wednesday through Saturday, 5:30-8:30pm.  Please call the restaurant at 540-253-5456 for reservations.

Happy Anniversary Mr. & Mrs.Smith

November 1, 2014

Please Pick One Item From Each Course Listing

First Course

Baked Artichoke Soufflé

Local Angus Steak Tartare

Vegetable Goat Cheese Terrine

Second Course

Roasted Red Pepper Bisque

Caesar Salad with Locatelli Parmesan Crisp

Sauteed Prince Edward Island Mussels in Coconut Curry Sauce

Third Course

Roasted Local Veal Chop

Tomato Balsamic Bruschetta & Basil Risotto

Martin's Angus, Dry-Aged Filet Mignon

Baby Potatoes, Spinach & Veal Demi Glaze

Sauteed Bronzini Filet

Crab Ravioli, Braised Leek Broth and Micro Greens

Cornish Game Hen

Creamy Mushroom Polenta

Fourth Course

Red Wine Chocolate Mousse

Mixed Berry Crepe

Apple Raisin Strudel

$80 Per Person/$95 Per Person with Wine Pairings

Washington Post Review!

posted Nov 21, 2013, 7:20 AM by Nicholas Forlano   [ updated Nov 21, 2013, 7:30 AM ]

Check out the great review of Forlano's Market & Restaurant by Candy Sagon in the Washington Post. Thanks to our loyal customers and friends; we wouldn't be here without you! Click here to read the full review.

Stay Posted for Upcoming Wine Dinners!

posted Mar 29, 2013, 6:58 PM by Nicholas Forlano   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 12:11 PM ]

Italian Wine Dinner

~ Amuse ~

Green Olive Caponata

2011 La Piuma Pecorino

~ 1st Course ~

Baked Tomato Focaccia with Prosciutto & Taleggio

2010 Fortediga Vermentino

~ 2nd Course ~

Open Face Shaved Veal Loin Ravioli

Sautéed Green Onions & Local Mushrooms

2011 Mauro Molino Barbera

~ 3rd Course ~

Braised Smoked Short Rib

Spinach Potato Gratin

2009 La Piuma Chianti

~ Dessert ~

Cinnamon Poached Pear

2007 Fortediga Trama

$125 per person, exclusive of tax & gratuity

By Reservation Only; seating is limited

Italian Layerpalooza

posted Jun 1, 2012, 4:10 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 1, 2012, 4:41 PM ]

Visit Italian Layerpalooza on Google+ to view the behind-the-scenes making of a record-worthy Italian sandwich. Best shared with a few friends.

Local Produce

posted Jun 1, 2012, 2:11 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 1, 2012, 4:40 PM ]

View our updated local produce board to see the latest seasonal products from our neighboring farms and vineyards.

Some of our current selections include: turkey from Day Springs Farm, micro greens from Cedar Springs Farm, asparagus & tomatoes from Steve Gaines, and bacon from our friends at The Whole Ox.

Sunday Brunch Specials

posted Feb 19, 2012, 9:44 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 19, 2012, 9:53 PM ]

The Forlano's Market Sunday Brunch menu presents an inspired selection of comfort food and house-made delicacies featuring seasonal produce from our local farms. Join us from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations recommended.

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