Last night we met friends and fellow bloggers Palma and Marcia, and their husbands at Cafe Firenze in Moorpark. For those of you who are not Top Chef addicts, it's the restaurant of one of the more wildly popular contestants on the show—Fabio. He may not have won the title of Top Chef, but he won the hearts of millions (literally) by being his down to earth Italian self.
But what's his food like? Luckily Palma scored reservations for us at his restaurant so that we could find out. Well, I have to tell you, our dinner was excellent. It was packed beyond belief but the kitchen managed to keep getting everything out. We ordered leisurely, course by course and had as much fun people watching and chatting with our fabulous server as we did eating. Palma took far more pictures of the food and a shot of us with Fabio, so as soon as she's back and blogging, I will post a link to what I'm sure will be a detailed run down of the evening. But for now, here are a couple of tantalizing salad shots.
As for meeting Fabio, we did—and he is every bit as charming and truly nice as he appears on television. There is talk of another restaurant or two opening up in Ventura, as well as a couple of books. Top Chef may be over, but I'm sure we'll be seeing and hearing more from Fabio. In the meantime, I would highly recommend a visit to Cafe Firenze.