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Cafe Firenze Cookbook: Food and Drink Recipes from the Tuscan Sons Hardcover – August 1, 2009

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Fabio Viviani is the owner and executive chef of Cafe Firenze Italian Restaurant and Martini Bar, one of the most recognized restaurants in Ventura County. Born and raised in Florence, Italy, he has traveled across Europe and is trained in classic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. He incorporates Italian, French, and Spanish influences in his dishes and believes that cooking is a craft. He is currently working on opening the Firenze4Kids Foundation, which will emphasize the promotion of health and wellness for kids through good nutrition and will also launch, the largest informative resource library available online, designed to enhance a healthy and safe lifestyle for children. Additionally, Fabio also works as William Shatner's private chef.

Jacopo Falleni, acquired the historical but unprofitable Cafe Firenze and turned it into a local sensation. He has managed some of the most prestigious bar and nightclub venues in Florence, and has won several national Italian bartending contests.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Brio Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981929095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981929095
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Conner VINE VOICE on January 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book, with a great deal of charm, but I don't know how practical it will be for me. The photography is beautiful (especially for the cocktail recipes, which are mesmerizing), but there aren't very many recipes for food. I don't drink often, and I don't have the hardware to make the drinks, so only half of the recipes in the book are even viable options for me. If you enjoy making cocktails, each food recipe is paired with a creative cocktail that should be consumed alongside, and the cocktails also have step-by-step photographic instructions for assembling the eye-catching garnishes, but I'm not the target audience for those sections.

My main problem with the book, though, is that it's a nice showcase for the two authors to showcase their charm, as they crack jokes about the police taking you to jail if you, say, overcook a chicken, and they use broken English throughout, but after forty pages of introduction, there was still not a recipe in sight. The section on chicken is a four-page essay on why chicken in Italy is better than chicken in the States (it's a convincing essay, I've been persuaded, but it's not what I wanted in a cookbook).

As a book about culture (restaurant culture, Italian culture, Italian American culture), with beautiful photographs, this book works, but it's billed as a cookbook, and the content just isn't there. It makes me want to visit this restaurant, but not try to cook their recipes myself.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Linda W on August 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I recently attended a cooking demonstration by Fabio in Chicago. My husband, who is "into" mixology/wine/spirits etc. had sent me the notice for the event. When I signed up, I also ordered the book without even seeing it as part of the package. I loved the demo. Fabio and Jacopo were awesome and the dish prepared was spectacular. After the class, I had the book signed for my 28 year old son who loves to cook and who was coming to visit the next weekend. After all, I have probably over 350 cookbooks...I didn't need another. I brought it home, and set it aside for him without looking at it.

My husband picked it up. He LOVED it. Now they are fighting over it and I have to buy another one for my husband before he will relinquish control of this one. He says it is "unique." None of the other books actually show him how to make all of the garnishes for the drinks. When Matt came home, the two of them poured over the book trying out some of the drinks. Matt can't wait to try some of the recipes (if he ever gets his book from his dad...) After they made such a fuss over it, I sat down and looked at it. Charming. This book is visually breathtaking and I actually enjoyed the writing style. It's as if you have a really good friend standing next to you explaining how to make his most loved food. Now that I've actually looked at the recipes, I can't wait to try them myself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Frank on August 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Food and Drink recipes from the Tuscan Sons... together they created a cookbook with authentic dishes, extraordinary drinks and stories of the country where they grew up and got their inspiration. It's clear from the very first pages of the book the love and passion that these guys have for good food, beautiful drinks, life and ITALY! Fabio and Jacopo's cookbook book showcases dishes and drinks off of the menu of their California restaurant, Cafe Firenze and from recipes and techniques they both acquired in Florence, Italy.

The cookbook celebrates the traditional Italian culture which has been adapted with a new modern American twist on food and drinks. Fabio's recipes offer a nice balanced collection of appetizers, meat, fish and pasta recipes. The flavors are fresh and ingredients are simple, making each recipe EASY to replicate for us amateur chefs at home... and who could forget the Martinis! Jacopo provides us with his inspiration for each unique drink and the techniques for creating your own.

The photographs chosen for the book truly capture the story and passion that these two have and while the book is written in broken english, it accurately captures the essence and humor of these Italian men... not to mention the pictures are almost as beautiful as Fabio and Jacopo themselves! I look forward to the release of their next cookbook! Next time I find myself in Southern California, I'll be sure to eat at their restaurant! Salute!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edie Tore on August 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is an absolutely beautiful book. The recipes are for great food, some items are not everyday, but when we want to cook great, we don't want "everyday". The drinks are new and delightful and the garnish make them over the top! The photos alone make you want to scoop up the pages! Congrats Guys - You really Did it right!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Barnes on August 22, 2011
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WOW...Did I like the restaurant and even more tne book! I have been recommending the book even though we have over 1,000 cookbooks in our library. This is indeed is a winner! Next time I am in the area I am going back in for an autograph. They know what they are doing!! Great food! Great recipies. Great photos! I love the book!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laureen Hart on August 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Anyone that gives a negative review of this cookbook has never been to Cafe Firenze, experienced the fabulous cuisine, or enjoyed the warm welcome and sense of humor of Chef Fabio Vivianni and Mixologist, Jacopo Fellini. I am a regular at the restaurant and these two young men have not only put our small Moorpark town on the map but have brightened our social life! The cookbook is unique and is written in the broken English of these two lovely young men. The book is beautifully presented and is worth the purchase. Bravo Fabio and Jacopo, can't wait for the next book to be published!
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