La Viola is considered an outside bet for the Serie A title this season after signing
The former Villarreal man, who has finally recovered from cruciate ligament damage, saw his first goal in nearly two years cancelled out by
Pizarro would make amends, however, conjuring up a classy finish to settle the contest before half-time.
Catania almost opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Panagiotis Tachtsidis collected a careless square ball from Pizarro to blast just over the bar.
The host shrugged off any embarrassment caused by Pizarro's faux pas by grabbing the lead 60 seconds later.
Rossi, whose last Serie A goal arrived for Parma against Messina in
However, Catania capitalised on another Pizarro error to level the match within eight minutes.
Pizarro failed to cut out
At that point Pizarro was risking an early bath but he convinced coach
Another Cuadrado raid down the right saw the ball bobble to the edge of the penalty area where Pizarro touched it onto his right boot before curling it into the top corner.
Gonzalo Bergessio's miss from a sweet
The second half would not provide the same entertainment as the first but Barrientos and
Leto's torrid attempt in the 65th minute allowed Fiorentina to break and once again Cuadrado provided the killer ball as Rossi forced a smart stop from
Rossi left the pitch to a standing ovation in the 77th minute and his replacement, Josip Ilicic, soon warmed Andujar's gloves with a sighter.
Despite its dominance in the final third, Fiorentina's nerves were visibly fraying as time ticked away and
Roma ensured it did not lose any further ground on Serie A leader Juventus as it belatedly returned to winning ways with a 2-1 defeat of Fiorentina.