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Chef Fabio Viviani, “Top Chef Season 5 Fan Favorite,” with Sophie Gayot
Chef Fabio Viviani, “Top Chef Season 5 Fan Favorite,” with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

If you watched the season 5 finale of Top Chef, held at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, and want to meet chef Fabio Viviani, the “Fan Favorite,” you will have to come to his restaurant Firenze Osteria in North Hollywood, California.


I headed there last week to discover a rather large restaurant with an open-air kitchen. I did not actually cook with him, but had a chance to try many of his dishes, as well as cocktails from his partner, mixologist Jacopo Falleni.


The evening was very relaxed, nothing fancy but pleasant, and we made Firenze Osteria our current Los Angeles restaurant of the week. The long list of martinis created by Falleni puts the restaurant on our Los Angeles Top 10 places for a drink; and the many executives from the nearby studios proved that it belonged on our Top 10 Power Lunch list.


You can click on each photo to enlarge to see the dishes from Firenze Osteria restaurant’s menu. All photos by Sophie Gayot.







  1. A Great Italian Dinner. Real Northern Italian Cooking in the Valley. A must visit…try the unique mixologist cocktails too!

    Comment by anthony — January 16, 2010 @ 9:16 am

  2. […] the kitchen of The Culinary Institute of America, Greystone, was in full swing, chef Fabio Viviani from Firenze Osteria (and who loves to be on camera) interviewed the contestants and the judges. […]

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