Taste Of Florence

★★★★☆
  • 13535 Nikki Ln

    Valley Center, CA 92082

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  • 760-745-0691

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If you are looking for a great place to take a date and get her nice and drunk - this your place. They even pick your pockets when you walk in to make you feel like you're in Italy! The pickled pig penis is to die for! Great time...

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If you are looking for a great place to take a date and get her nice and drunk - this your place. They even pick your pockets when you walk in to make you feel like you're in Italy! The pickled pig penis is to die for! Great time...

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I would like to begin by saying we found this place on the internet. Having been to Florence a few times, my husband and I are always in search of authentic cuisine from that area, so we decided to celebrate our anniversary here. Upon entering the courtyard which leads into the restaurant, we were welcomed by a lovely "old world" feel with quaint little tables, twinkle lights and an Italian greeting painted on the walls. Once inside, however, we realized that we were overdressed in a dress and shirt and tie. (Their website gave the impression that this was a classy, romantic place, and the prices indicated that it may be above "family fare".) The interior was a more eclectic, pizza parlor dcor, with mismatched table and chairs. Some tables were cover with glass, some were with white paper. We nestled ourselves in an out of the way area (you seat yourself), and a bust boy brought over two plastic green glasses, filled with ice water and a straw. They had two musicians playing guitars, singing songs by the Beatles and other artists from that era. The menu seemed to offer a variety of traditional Italian dishes. I ordered from a sampler menu that was being offered for the month of May. I chose the Tuscan White Bean soup, Chicken Marsala, and Tiramisu for dessert. My husband chose the Fettuccini Carbonara, which came with a Caesar salad. As an appetizer we split an order of Burschetta. The soup and salad arrived first. As an Italian, I was surprised to see a Tuscan white bean soup made with white Northern Beans, instead of Cannellini beans. It looked (and tasted) as though someone opened a can of beans, rinsed them, and dumped them in some clear chicken broth, then garnished with thick little chunks of bacon and basil leaves. There was none of that creamy, "comfort food" texture, or any of those delightfully rich flavors of garlic and Pancetta associated with this kind of soup, not to mention that it was not served over the traditional crusted bread. I asked for grated Parmesan, and even that and a ton of salt didn't help. My husband was not too impressed with his simple salad either. Speaking of bread, we had to ask for some because they don't just serve it at your table. When our Bruschetta arrived, it looked pretty enough, but usually the appetizer comes BEFORE your salad. Again, there was no flavor. We had to doctor it up with salt and balsamic vinegar. On the up side, our main dish was good. My husband and I enjoyed both of the entrees. Dessert was another story. I would not recommend the tiramisu if you are seeking that ??melt in your mouth?, "pick me up" espresso flavor. The piece I had tasted more like heavy whipped cream (instead of mascarpone cheese), the ladyfingers were so lightly dipped in the espresso and brandy that you couldn't taste them. For our anniversary, the waitress, (who was very pleasant) brought us some candy that they make on the premises. This was very good. The almond roca was my favorite. All in all if you are looking to take the family for pizza and get a side of pasta for yourself, you probably won't be disappointed; however if your plan is for a nice evening out to eat an authentic Italian meal, I would pass on this one.

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★★☆☆☆

I would like to begin by saying we found this place on the internet. Having been to Florence a few times, my husband and I are always in search of authentic cuisine from that area, so we decided to celebrate our anniversary here. Upon entering the courtyard which leads into the restaurant, we were welcomed by a lovely "old world" feel with quaint little tables, twinkle lights and an Italian greeting painted on the walls. Once inside, however, we realized that we were overdressed in a dress and shirt and tie. (Their website gave the impression that this was a classy, romantic place, and the prices indicated that it may be above "family fare".) The interior was a more eclectic, pizza parlor dcor, with mismatched table and chairs. Some tables were cover with glass, some were with white paper. We nestled ourselves in an out of the way area (you seat yourself), and a bust boy brought over two plastic green glasses, filled with ice water and a straw. They had two musicians playing guitars, singing songs by the Beatles and other artists from that era. The menu seemed to offer a variety of traditional Italian dishes. I ordered from a sampler menu that was being offered for the month of May. I chose the Tuscan White Bean soup, Chicken Marsala, and Tiramisu for dessert. My husband chose the Fettuccini Carbonara, which came with a Caesar salad. As an appetizer we split an order of Burschetta. The soup and salad arrived first. As an Italian, I was surprised to see a Tuscan white bean soup made with white Northern Beans, instead of Cannellini beans. It looked (and tasted) as though someone opened a can of beans, rinsed them, and dumped them in some clear chicken broth, then garnished with thick little chunks of bacon and basil leaves. There was none of that creamy, "comfort food" texture, or any of those delightfully rich flavors of garlic and Pancetta associated with this kind of soup, not to mention that it was not served over the traditional crusted bread. I asked for grated Parmesan, and even that and a ton of salt didn't help. My husband was not too impressed with his simple salad either. Speaking of bread, we had to ask for some because they don't just serve it at your table. When our Bruschetta arrived, it looked pretty enough, but usually the appetizer comes BEFORE your salad. Again, there was no flavor. We had to doctor it up with salt and balsamic vinegar. On the up side, our main dish was good. My husband and I enjoyed both of the entrees. Dessert was another story. I would not recommend the tiramisu if you are seeking that ??melt in your mouth?, "pick me up" espresso flavor. The piece I had tasted more like heavy whipped cream (instead of mascarpone cheese), the ladyfingers were so lightly dipped in the espresso and brandy that you couldn't taste them. For our anniversary, the waitress, (who was very pleasant) brought us some candy that they make on the premises. This was very good. The almond roca was my favorite. All in all if you are looking to take the family for pizza and get a side of pasta for yourself, you probably won't be disappointed; however if your plan is for a nice evening out to eat an authentic Italian meal, I would pass on this one.

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I have tried this resturant twice. 1st time - food good, service OK but not great. Second time, food marginal. Two meals were cold and veal was tuff. When the bill came and I went to pay, the amount changed. When questioned, it became an issue. Turns out that they were right and had charged too little but they never bothered to explain it before I asked. They just charged more. All in all, there are much better choices available and this is one you should skip. They should learn to live up to their website and serve meals that are hot and not be rude as their website says. In short, they feel that the customer is always wrong but then again, the customer does not have to come back and I won't!

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★★☆☆☆

I have tried this resturant twice. 1st time - food good, service OK but not great. Second time, food marginal. Two meals were cold and veal was tuff. When the bill came and I went to pay, the amount changed. When questioned, it became an issue. Turns out that they were right and had charged too little but they never bothered to explain it before I asked. They just charged more. All in all, there are much better choices available and this is one you should skip. They should learn to live up to their website and serve meals that are hot and not be rude as their website says. In short, they feel that the customer is always wrong but then again, the customer does not have to come back and I won't!

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Well, I've never actually been to Florence (Or Italy for that matter), but I would imagine that walking into this restaurant would be very similar to walking into a small cafe in Florence. There is a super cute little courtyard you must walk through to enter the restaurant. There are ivy leaves hanging all over - gives you the impression that you've just left Old Town Escondido and entered a whole new place. The food is a bit pricey - but you get what you pay for. This is real authentic Italian food...period.

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★★★★★

Well, I've never actually been to Florence (Or Italy for that matter), but I would imagine that walking into this restaurant would be very similar to walking into a small cafe in Florence. There is a super cute little courtyard you must walk through to enter the restaurant. There are ivy leaves hanging all over - gives you the impression that you've just left Old Town Escondido and entered a whole new place. The food is a bit pricey - but you get what you pay for. This is real authentic Italian food...period.

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