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Firenze Trattoria

162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. (Manchester Ave.) Send to Phone
760-944-9000 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Inspired Tuscan design, tasty Italian and welcoming service define this North County trattoria.
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Firenze Trattoria, Encinitas, CA

Firenze Trattoria Restaurant Review

: This stylish but informal restaurant sits on the edge of Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe, and offers a pleasant Italian menu that delivers quality food for the price. The mood is cozy yet upbeat, the service is attentive and willing, and the cooking largely pleases. This is especially true in the case of pastas, which are generously portioned, but tend to have a light touch. Our recommendations: rigatoni baked with crumbles of spicy sausage and slices of mellow mozzarella; the day’s fresh fish; and the piquant, caper-rich veal alla pizzaiola. Another fine choice --- risotto fantastico --- marries sliced filet mignon and shrimp sautéed in aged balsamic sauce with onions and prosciutto. Regulars return for the off-menu but always available osso buco, and Monday means half-price wine. Hearty lasagna with veal, beef and chicken is a well-received signature. Live jazz on the patio happens in summer and in fall on Sundays.

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arguably the best Italian restaurant in San Diego
by arthur_b on Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:45 pm
A friend sent me to the Firenze Trattoria website and I was surprised to discover you really can book reservations on line. If it weren't for that, we probably would have stayed closer to central San Diego. The place is a gem, much more elegant than your typical strip-mall trattoria and extremely romantic both in its location and décor. It's in Encinitas, just south of Olivenhain, where you can pretend you're dining in the Florentine countryside.

We were so taken with the place that we tried to make an entire Italian dinner of it -- antipasti, pasta course, meat course, and dessert -- but we wound up sharing everything and still didn't have room for dessert. Their wine list, while not overly long, is nonethess good enough to have won Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence (another reason why we went there) and its best feature is that most of them can be ordered by the glass. So we changed our wines with each course.

We started with an insalata dell'orto and a zuppa di verdure with a pinot grigio from San Angelo. The salad pairs fresh Italian greens with apples and pine nuts and the soup is a rich purée of fresh garden vegetables. We followed that with portobello ravioli in a gorgonzola cream sauce, an inspired dish, accompanied by an Italian sangiovese.

Then one of the house specialties, pollo e gamberi rosmarino (chicken and shrimp in a white wine sauce with fresh rosemary) with a glass of Silverado chardonnay and, finally, scampi alla fresca (garlic shrimp in a light tomato sauce over linguini) with a Carmel Road pinot noir.

We'll have to come back to try their dessert cart. As it was, we spent more than two hours at the table!
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