Had our first meal at Firenze in Coolidge Corner, Brookline last nite. What a disappointing dinner.
We've been meaning to try this neighboorhood restaurant for a while since we like the lunch sandwiches we get at their sister restaurant Bottega Fiorentina.
So, we came at around 7.50 with no reservation. We waited maybe for about 10-15 minutes, then were seated. The waitress came to ask if we want anything to drink, and we just wanted regular water. She brought out the bread and evoo. After a long time she came back with the water. We decided to order the mozzarella and tomato antipasto, mushroom risotto for me and pork chop with wine for my husband.
After another long wait, the antipasto came (i think it was 8.50 when we finished the antipasto). It was actually delicious. Mozarella, tomato on top of arugula drizzled with evoo.
Then, after another long stretch of time , the main course came. my risotto was just plain horrible. To be honest, I do not know much about Italian food because I don't eat Italian that often, but this risotto was sour, with no other flavor. The rice was OK, but the mushrooms (porcini) I believe, was plain sour. So I had two spoonfuls and just let it sit. My husband's pork chop was marginally better. It came with arugula and potatoes. He liked it, but I thought the pork smelled and was tough to chew.
After about 10 minutes, we asked for the check and happily left. we figure if we order desserts, we'll have to wait for a long time again. Check was $51. The people on the other table got some good looking desserts (panna cotta and flan looking thing).
The place was kinda charming. The restaurant was below ground, so it kinda felt like a cellar. The tables were very close together. Everything was wood and stone, so the noise level was rather high. There was no maitre'd, just waitresses, so there was some sense of chaos as more and more people come to be seated. The waitresses themselves are nice.
I definitely will not go back. I wanted so much to like this place because it felt like a small, nice, neighboorhood restaurant that could be a regular. but i will just stick with lunch sandwiches during the day and Dokbua for dinner. Again, i am not a big Italian eater at all, so maybe the risotto was supposed to have a sour taste, but the 2 risottos i've had before didnt taste anything like that at all. And, i am also more used to the brisk pace of eating at Asian restaurants (Although, during my lovely dinner at Lumiere last week, the wait was nowhere near at Firenze).