Easter Sunday, armed with a tin of holiday cookies, we drove two hours for Easter Brunch at Firenze Osteria in North Hollywood. On the way home we hit traffic, so it took us two and a half hours (but we missed feeling the earthquake). So, who drives four and a half hours for an hour and a half of eating pleasure, and was it worth it? True fans of the restaurant, the owners, the chef, the great service, and yes, the FOOD!
We were warmly greeted at the door with recognition by Jacapo. Let me tell you how good it feels when you walk into a place, and are recognized by the owners! Next, Co-Executive Chef, John Paolone, who was visiting with his whole beautiful family at their large table, smiled warmly, to graciously say "Buona Pasqua".
We began with a glass of prosecco for me and a Bloody Mary for Brad.
Soon, Jacapo came to visit our table. He has recently returned from a visit home to Florence, and talked to us about our September trip to the Veneto. He raved about Verona (his "second favorite city in Italy"), and gave the me names of some prosecco producers to visit. He was followed shortly by a table visit from Fabio, both taking the time for yet another photo, and a chat about cooking for "Pomodoro e Vino". He even promised to order me lamb kidneys, or any ingredients I can't find for the cooking challenge. Who needs chocolate eggs with these two charmers?
Yes, let's get to the food! I ordered brioche French toast with marscapone cheese and fig jam. Oh my! I must try making brioche bread! The bacon, was perfectly amazing!
Brad had a garlic spinach and mozzarella fritatta and a side of fabulous fennel sausage.
We still had a little room, so we both ordered dessert. Mine was based on the to-die for strwberry-balsamic reduction martini I had sampled on our last visit. A PERFECT panna cotta with strawberries and that balsamic reduction. Oh MY! I can't wait to make this, as the recipe is in the cookbook! It is even BETTER than it looks!
Brad enjoyed his two cannoli with fresh pistachios.
Let's just say we left, happy, full and that we CLEANED our plates!
Mille grazie to everyone at Firenze Osteria! Now I need to go become a fan on Facebook...