A Quick Bite at Firenze Osteria

Wednesday December 5, 2012 by Ryan Fernandez photos by Olivia Chen

North Hollywood Italian restaurant Firenze Osteria, owned and operated by Fabio Viviani from Bravo's Top Chef Season 5, is the namesake of Firenze, Italy, the Italian city where the restaurateur landed his first cooking job.

Fabio Viviani is a very hard working businessman - his website is frequently updated with current blog entries. He also publishes his own books, has a consulting company on the horizon, and is owner of Cafe Firenze a bit further North in Moorpark, CA.

Firenze Osteria consists of two big rooms, the front room with a bar and the "wine room" in the back. The decor was great — featuring beautiful Italian-themed paintings (and nice wallpaper!).

Word has it the place stays packed, and it definitely was on this particular night, with families mostly - parties of five or more as opposed to tables of just two. It definitely seemed like a crowd mostly sourced from the local North Hollywood area.

On to the food:

Crostini Di Pancetta - Grilled Pancetta and Burrata Crostino toasted bread, fresh imported Burrata, grilled pancetta and crispy sage, with brown butter.

Crostini Di Pancetta

Trofle Con Anatra E Finocchio - Trofle Pasta with Duck sausage and fennel. Homemade Trofle pasta, duck sausage, cartelized fennel, and Parmesan cheese.

Trofle Con Anatra E Finocchio

And flourless chocolate cake.

flourless chocolate cake

Add fast & attentive service into the mix and you'll agree Firenze Osteria is fully equipped to provide a fine Italian dining experience.

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