Firenze Osteria

Bravo’s Top Chef is my very favorite cooking show, and is (in my humble opinion) the BEST chef competition on television. Over the years I’ve been fortunate to get to know a few of the “cheftestants” (links below) and most recently befriended the wonderfully CHARMING Chef Fabio Viviani via twitter.

Firenze Osteria is one of his two Southern California restaurants and is just five minutes away from my house. I’ve had so much fun getting to know Fabio during this current All-Stars season, and can’t wait to see what he’s doing next. I’m personally hoping for some sort of Italian Fusion Burger Bar (Top Chef fans will understand!).

A few of my favorite dishes at Firenze Osteria:

Crostino di Burrata @ Firenze Osteria
Dried Parmesan Bread, Burrata, Brown Butter Sage, Grilled Pancetta

Seared Ahi at Osteria Firenze
Tonno Ahi al Sesamo – Sesame Ahi Tuna Salad: Sesame Encrusted Ahi Tuna Steak, baby Greens, Roasted Asparagus, Roasted Carrots and Cherry Tomatoes, Balsamic Dressing

Pancetta Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp @ Firenze Osteria
Gamberoni in Camicia – Grilled Jumbo Shrimps: Pancetta Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp filled with Gorgonzola over Parmesan Polenta, Garlic Sautéed Spinach

Pan-fried Whitefish at Osteria Firenze
Pan-fried whitefish with fennel, cucumber and farrow slaw

Rib Eye Steak at Osteria Firenze
Bistecca di Bue – Rib Eye: 12 oz Prime Nebraska Rib Eye Steak, Roasted Asparagus & Lemon

Short Rib Ravioli at Osteria Firenze
Ravioli di Brasato – Braised Short Rib Ravioli: Braised Short Rib Ravioli, Melted Taleggio, Aged Moden

 Penne w Spicy Pork Belly at Osteria Firenze
Penne Amatriciana – Penne with Spicy Pork Belly and Onion: Caramelized Cured Pork Belly, Red Onion, White Wine, Tomato, Chilies and Shaved Pecorino Cheese

Desserts @ Firenze Osteria
Desserts! Panna Cotta: Baked Egg-Less Cream with Fresh Strawberries in a Sweet Balsamic Reduction | Limoncello Ricotta Cheesecake: Creamy Ricotta Cheese and Limoncello with a light Graham Cracker Crust | Flourless Chocolate Cake: Warm, Moist Individual Cake, Served with Vanilla Gelato, Chocolate Sauce and Coffee Cream

with 2 SWEETIES @ Firenze Osteria!
With Firenze Osteria Chef Ken Biffar and the fabulous Fabio Viviani

Firenze Osteria
4212 Lankershim Blvd
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
(818) 760-7081

Update> “Under $10” lunch menu

All my Firenze Osteria photos on Flickr

Dishes above shared with: Peter S, Brent V, Nelson C, Dave D, Lisa D, Susan S, Andrew L, Bob M, Paddy C.

Thank you Fabio, Jacopo, Lisa, Ken, Woodrow & Guido!

Top Chef Fabio Viviani (season five & six)

If you’re not familiar with Fabio, check out one of his hilarious video clips (he films himself while watching Top Chef & Tweeting)

Follow Chef Fabio Viviani on Twitter

Follow Firenze Osteria on Twitter

Follow Ken Biffar on Twitter

More Top Chef Photos:
With Chef Michael Voltaggio

With Chef Ludo Lefebvre

With Chef Marcel Vigneron

With Chef Alex Reznik

With Chef José Andrés

With judge Tom Colicchio

With judge Anthony Bourdain

With judge Eric Ripert

With Chef José Andrés

With Chef Rick Bayless

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One response to “Firenze Osteria

  1. Oh I love Top Chef too!!! yes.. best cooking show on TV… Fabio is awesome, love that accent… Love the pork belly in the pasta…. yuuummm

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