Breaking Weather Alert: We just checked the Doppler radar on top of the Jacuzzi grotto at the Gay List Mansion. This Saturday and Sunday are going to be primo patio weather and one of the best new al fresco spots in town is at La Fiorentina. DO NOT SEEK SHELTER. Grab the gang, make a reservation now, and prepare to bask in the glow of UV rays, bubbly Prosecco and Highland Park boob jobs.
As you can probably guess by the simple fact that we do a monthly brunch feature, we eat a lot of breakfast dishes (rarely do we venture to the “unch” side of the menu), so we’re always looking for unusual twists on classic dishes. Here, La Fiorentina excels.
First off, in lieu of the ubiquitous “bottomless” drink option that forces us to overindulge and become bottomless ourselves for most of the afternoon afterward, La Fiorentina has an equally good bargain that keeps our imbibing in check. For $18, brunchers can enjoy a full bottle of Prosecco, Pinot Noir, Rosé or Chardonnay. (Far more sophisticated than our usual tactic of sneaking in a Super Big Gulp cup and filling it with Mimosa refills the entire meal.)
Even though this is a Tuscan steakhouse, skip the Petite Filet and Eggs. Poorly executed (twice) and overpriced, it’s a completely unremarkable dish. But who cares. There are plenty of great items on the menu.
And two stand above all others. The Florentine Benedict is superb. Featuring seared polenta in lieu of an English muffin, San Daniele Prosciutto, sautéed spinach, perfectly poached eggs and Prosecco Hollandaise, it’s the perfect mix of flavors.
The real showstopper, however, is the Nutella-filled French Toast with Caramelized Banana. Rich and chocolaty, we think a shared brunch dessert at La Fiorentina is as important as a shared brunch appetizer at other spots. Get one for the table, order a second bottle of Prosecco and enjoy the beautiful weather.
And if our forecast is wrong, so sorry. We were kicked out of meteorology school when we couldn’t identify Texas on the map. Everything else we learned on Wikipedia.
4501 Cole Ave, Dallas