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We did a very small courthouse wedding (2nd time around) for just us and our kids... but we wanted to end the night with something special - so we opted for dinner at Firenze Trattoria. Although they were busy they got us settled in quickly. All of the staff from the hostess to the servers were amazingly nice. Our kids are both on the young side (11 and 5) and it was a "late" night for them after an exciting day. But the food was so awesome it kept their attention. The antipasti misto which was a great way to start the meal! The entrees were yummy and the Cannoli dessert was very impressive, even to two very tired little ones.
Every time I come to Firenze Trattoria I thoroughly enjoy my experience. Everything seems to be thought out and in place. The food is amazing as well! Their menu has a lot of classic Italian dishes with some new variations, and the specials list is always a treat. I really like how they offer gluten-free pasta for their dishes (it seems to be a 'must' in North County these days). The service is always lovely as well. I highly recommend sitting on their patio in the daytime for lunch or a warm evening. The best part is the little mints at the hostess desk when you leave too! 🙂
Four of us really enjoyed our meals here. I got a veal dish and my husband got osso bucco which was the special of the evening. Also, someone at our table ordered the lasagna which he said was delicious. The bread basket was very good and included bread sticks. We enjoyed the desserts and our server was outstanding. We ate outside on the patio. Definitely a place where we would go back.
This is a popular restaurant on Friday and Saturday nights so it is good to make reservations. We made them but still had to wait because the people at our table were lingering over coffee. The staff was great and continually updated us. Once we were seated, our waiter was wonderful, very helpful and pleasant. I ordered the Butternut Squash Ravioli and it was excellent! My boyfriend ordered Pasta Rustica and thoroughly enjoyed it. This restaurant is located in a small shopping center with plenty of parking. The tables are close together and the foursome next to us were quite loud. You may not want to have an intimate conversation here. However, it's a lively and fun place and we look forward to returning.
Finally went with the flow and started happy hour and when Barry does it, he does it right.....choice of any drink and small bar portions (his usual portions are large enough to share) so going there for happy hour a bargain and includes Saturday night.
I get to the San Diego area about once a year on business and always make it a point to dine here. Lunch on the patio on a beautiful day is a relaxing treat. Calamari is the best!
I am a retired businessman. When I had my company, I demanded excellence from my business, employees, and especially myself. This is why Firenze is my favorite restaurant. Excellent service, fantastic quality, wonderful atmosphere. Great place to relax and enjoy a meal and take as much time as needed, never feeling rushed. The staff remembers me each time I go there. Firenze never disappoints!
On a recent trip to San Diego, my husband and I wanted good Italian food. We googled for Italian restaurant in Encinitas as this was where we were and found Firenze. Being New Yorkers, we did not expect much, but we were really amazed at the delicious food, great wine,friendly and efficient service and warm atmosphere. It was a great dining experience and we would recommend it highly to anyone living in the area or passing though San Diego. It is a gem.
This is the perfect night out. Elegant but comfortable, intimate but not stuffy. Dining on their large patio with a beautiful fountain is very enjoyable, but so is the dining inside. The lighting is warm and not too bright. The service is great, and the food is delicious, with larger portions that one might expect. I love the menu; a great selection and variety, and the only downside is that you'll have difficulty deciding what to order.
Firenze has been one of my favorites for many years, and I think it will be one of yours, too.
Great evening wonderful service and great dinner. Had a nice penne dish and my father had a dinner with shrimp and pasta and he loved it.