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Lunch at Toscana

tetleyaddict | Feb 16, 2005 12:47 AM

Just the place for a power lunch where people stay for hours to discuss business ventures. Our party was quite large for such a small dining area but service was more than adequate.
There was grilled calamari and bruschetta for appetizers. I really don't like the deep-fried and breaded type so this definitely was a nice change. It was fresh, lightly seasoned to let the flavors come through, and just the amount of texture with the smokiness from the grill. The bruschetta was a tiny sad single slice of toasted bread swimming under the mountain of diced tomatoes. Not enough fresh basil whatsoever. It was only enough for two while the calamari portions were hefty enough for five.

One of our coworkers had a wonderful LARGE T-bone that was cooked perfectly although a little too well done since he asked for medium. It was only seasoned lightly with pepper salt and olive oil, not dredged in sauce. I had monk fish which was their specialty for that day and it was nicely grilled. Overall the place was better than average with a solid hold on their menu options. Canvassing the other entrees proved that (included the satiated looks). Maybe I'm lacking an appetite but nothing really tempted my tastebuds.
Especially the tiramisu. It looked horrible. I expect thick dense mascarpone cheese and instead the thing looked like glorified wobbly whip cream. With the chocolate shavings on top (I like it lightly dusted with cocoa), it looked like a cake.

Toscana
11633 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90049
(310) 820-2448

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