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Porcini Restaurant Review: With its exposed brick walls, upholstered banquettes and quietly flowing fountain, Porcini will make diners feel as though they have been transported to an elegant corner of Tuscany. Servers also treat guests with the same warm hospitality you'd encounter in Italy. Chef John Plymale's dishes complete the illusion of being in a Florentine restaurant. Start with the lightly battered and fried artichoke hearts served with garlic lemon aïoli or the veal meatballs with mushrooms and Madeira cream sauce. Of course, there's a notable Caesar salad, but try branching out with the pear salad made with arugula, goat cheese, bacon, toasted hazelnuts and a warm pear vinaigrette. Creamy pesto adds pizzazz to the grilled chicken and artichoke pizza anchored by a blend of Parmesan and mozzarella. Among entrées are a 14-ounce grilled veal chop, pepper-encrusted beef filet with Gorgonzola cream gnocchi, grilled salmon on Tuscan white beans and pancetta, and cioppino. A very good list of mostly Italian wines complements the menu. Feathery light tiramisu is the dessert of choice.