Attention, all suburbanites who tire of driving half an hour for a good Italian meal: there is life after the 'burbs for the discerning truffle lover. And you thought you couldn't find a decent black ink spaghetti without hopping on the tollway.Attention to all suburbanites who tire of driving half an hour for a good Italian meal (or settling for one that comes with coloring books for the children), we bring good news from Peachtree Parkway: there is life for the discerning truffle lover in Norcross. Tucked behind a nondescript facade is some of the best and most authentic Italian food in the area, with a menu that holds its own against some of the most revered Italian spots inside the perimeter (and actually might even exceed a few of our ITP favorites, thanks to the fact that all of Firenze's pastas, bread, sauces and desserts are all made from scratch in-house by a chef who was born, raised, fed, and trained in Italy). And you thought you couldn't find a decent truffle-topped veal dish without hopping on the tollway.
The space previously housed game meat emporium The Thorn Tree, but now, the decor of taxidermic lions and safari-themed menu have given way to a quiet, relaxing ambience and an outstanding lineup of authentic Florence-style dishes helmed by Chef Andrea Montobbio, who's sprinkled his homegrown Italian culinary magic on places like Pricci, Veni Vidi Vicci, and a bevy of restaurants in Northern Italy. The outcome? A menu of indulgent antipasti, handmade pastas, smoky wood-grilled pizza, and hearty carne e pesce dishes, replete with entrees you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the 'burbs. The prosciutto e arugola pizza is a flavorful heap of prosciutto de Parma, fresh arugula, and parmigiano atop a perfectly charred wood-fired pie. The mezzeluna pasta dish is rich and hearty with roasted butternut squash tucked inside handmade ravioli, served with plump scallops in a brown butter and sage sauce. After tasting it, I understood why the chef laughed and answered "All of the pastas!" when I asked what his favorite dish on the menu is.
So, to recap: Firenze has a beautiful, comfortable interior, a multi-star-worthy menu of high-caliber Italian dishes, and a talented chef (who's actually Italian!) taking the reins in the kitchen. Feels like Buckhead, tastes like Florence, and… priced like Norcross? We could get used to this OTP thing.
Rosticciana (Rosemary Pork Ribs), $9
Fritto Misto (Calimari), $10
Prosciutto e Arugola Pizza, $11
Spaghetti Dell Elba (Black Ink Spaghetti), $17
Agnolotti al Tartufo (Veal, Beef, & Pork Ravioli), $19
Mezzelune (Butternut Squash Ravioli), $22
Filetto al Pepeverde (Filet Mignon), $26
Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Monday - Friday, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday, 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.