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Fioretto Trattoria

Just Larry | Feb 20, 2005 08:07 PM

We had lunch Saturday at Fioretto Trattoria. There was a positive post about this place about a week ago and I thought I would check it out myself (with my wife). It is difficult to find unless you are familiar with Culver Blvd. It is close to the Sears Parts Store, in a minimall with a sports bar, Japanese place, and a diner. The decor is very nice with textured rag painted walls in a pale green color. The tables are distressed, stained wood with aged iron accents. Only shortcoming on decor is that they cover the tables in white butcher paper making the overall look "cheap". Paolo our waiter brought menus and took our order. We shared 2 specials. A salad of Arugula with Shrimp and Large Beans in a Basalmic and Oil dressing. Perfectly cooked shrimp, freshly cooked beans, the freshest arugula and good oil and basalmico. A very good start. The pasta was an Oven Dried Zuccini with Spaghetti and Grano Cheese in that same great oil. Perfectly cooked pasta, chef David said that he uses DeCecco, with the wonderfully concentrated flavor of the Zuccini and bits of fresh zuccini too. The Grano cheese added a bit of zing to the dish. Both dishes were a perfect example of simple ingredients taken to stratospheric levels. Dessert is a Chocolate Bread Pudding with Chocolate Sauce. Amazingly it was a spectacularly good quality Bittersweet Chocolate that made the dish complex without being overly sweet. They do not have a Beer and Wine license yet but it is supposed to be in the mail. The will not do BYOB because if they get caught they might lose that illusive license. It is still worth a visit. When they get the license, this will be like eating at Valentino for only the price of the tax and tip. I also couldn't stop thinking of how good the dessert would have been with a glass of Port.
They also do a Three Couse Dinner that is a choice of any salad, entree and dessert for $24.00. They also have a web site at tuscanycuisine.com that has the menu and the chef's resume. The was the opening chef at Ca'Brea and also chef at Locanda Veneta. We felt that if we were in Italy we would be lucky to find a place of this quality. Buono Appetito!

Fioretto Trattoria
12740 Culver Blvd. #B
Los Angeles
310 448 8000

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