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Jul 29, 2009 03:31 PM

Florentina on MT pleasant - Anyone?

Any fellow chowhounder tried this new Italian restaurant yet? Heard the chef came all the way from Milan only last year?!

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    It was reviewed in the Globe and Mail last weekend. The review was not particularly favourable.

    1. We ate there a couple of weeks ago. We found the menu to be very limited and the food to be mediocre. Their "house specialty" pollo arrosto (roast chicken) was way overcooked and dry (I never order roast chicken in a restaurant but did this time because of its stated specialness.) The roasted-eggplant-stuffed ravioli were a bit odd, with a very strong, slightly off-putting smokiness. The pasta dough was nice and light, though. The bresaola with arugula was probably the best thing we ate, and was a very large portion.

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      1. re: Tatai

        Thanks a lot for the feedback! Guess I'll pass and head next door to Mogette or Zee Grill instead!

        1. re: Charles Yu

          By the way, if anyone's interested in looking up the restaurant, it's "Florentia," not "Florentina."

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          1. Just came back from dinner at Florentia with mixed reviews. I started with the grilled calamari which was quite simple and lovely, presented on a bed of fresh greens. Thumbs up. I also tried the special - thinly pounded and seared beef topped with a fresh tomato sauce and bits of buffala mozzarella - I was not overly impressed by it. It was a bit bland and there were 5 tiny, tiny pieces of cheese scattered on top. It was not the indulgence I was hoping for. Also as a main it should have been served with a bit of pasta on the side instead of plain meat with no side or veg. Pizza was great, with fresh toppings and a salty, crispy crust. Unfortunately the dessert was truly inedible - a red wine granita with espresso whipped cream which was basically way-too-sweet frozen red wine with espresso infused cream - blech. It tasted horrible. In fact, the entire dessert menu needs some re-working with more classic Italian desserts incorporated (tiramisu please). I also dislike how that they serve coffee and tea in those tiny espresso cups with the round circular handles that you can barely hold without scalding yourself and that only hold 2 sips of coffee. But the service was very friendly and the atmosphere nice. I would go back - but stick to the pizza and salads.