Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fabiofest: Firenze Osteria

When Mr. HaveShoesWillEatandTravel was just outside of town for business, we met him halfway at Firenze Osteria for a feast!
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The bar had run out of martini glasses, so the bartender put my caramel apple martini ($9.25) in that funny glass. It still tasted great!

When we saw this, we knew we had to do it. Seven courses for $75!
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Little did we know that we'd be eating one of the largest meals ever! Seriously, I don't know how we did it. Firenze Osteria definitely doesn't skimp on anything. Bigger is better! I probably could've stopped eating after the third course!

Crostini di pancetta -- grilled pancetta and burrata parmesan crostino, canteloupe, aged balsamic, crispy sage, brown butter.
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Fantastic start. Cheesy! Crunchy! Salty! And fruity! What a great mix of flavors and textures!

Gamberoni in Camicia -- pancetta-wrapped grilled jumbo shrimp filled with Gorgonzola over Parmesan polenta, garlic sauteed spinach.
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They're not kidding when they say jumbo! And the polenta? Mmmmm.

Gnocchi al Coniglio -- rabbit ragu, potato dumplings.
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Perfect potato pasta pillows. The rabbit made me so hoppy. Har har har.

Trofie con anatra e Finocchio -- homemade trofie pasta, duck sausage, caramelized fennel, Parmesan cheese.
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I liked the gnocchi more, but this was still very good. Luscious duck sausage.

Pan-seared jumbo scallop, risotto with Tahitian squash and zucchini blossoms.
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Beautifully done scallop. And huge! This place is all about gigantic portions!

New Zealand rack of lamb, pistachio cassoulet. rosemary-sage pesto.
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Just incredible. Cooked sous-vide and finished on the grill. Amazing. My fave dish of the night. Don't miss this!

Cheesecake with blueberry and limoncello, panna cotta with fresh strawberries and sweet balsamic reduction, flourless chocolate cake with vanilla gelato.
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Finally! Portions that aren't enormous! All three sweets were excellent.

We left extraordinarily full and with big smiles on our faces.


  1. Ohh, I recognize 4 of these (delicious) courses! And I agree, I could've easily stopped after course 3. I had to leave lunch after 5 courses and I didn't even need to eat dinner.

  2. I stopped in for a drink once here and have wanted to go back for food! Looks wonderful.

  3. I got to eat Cheetos for dinner that night. I'm still bitter. Grrrr.

    It all looks delicious but the portions are so big I could split that tasting menu.

  4. Looks delicious! Did you meet Fabio?

  5. I probably could have made a meal out of the first course alone!

  6. that was the dinner I was supposed to be at! looks like I missed out. What was I doing? Probably nothing as good as that. lol

  7. oh.em.gee. - I am so hungry now! and I <3<3<3 fabio.

  8. pasta, scallop, lamb...these are a few of my favorite things! one day i will make it out to moorpark.

  9. That's awesome - love the big portions! Seems like not enough places are serving adequate sized-portions these days. I'm no Jabba, but I still like some meat on my food!!!

  10. oooh i must go here! i love fabio! glad you did not order a "borger" though. ;)

  11. I think I'm going to do the same thing. Was Fabio in the kitchen?

  12. This post is awesome on so many levels. The photos are truly fantastic. I want to go there.

  13. Oooooh I love scallops! Looks delicious.

  14. i just ate dinner, yet am drooling all over myself over here.


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