Fiorentina Italian Kitchen

Fiorentina Italian Kitchen

Located on the lobby floor, Fiorentina is a modern Italian café offering a range of menu items, from antipasti, pizzas and pastas to main dishes. Serving a light breakfast, lunch and dinner, Fiorentina offers guests the chance to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine with a focus on seasonal ingredients. With an outside terrace and access to Roppongi Hills’ fashionable “Keyakizaka Street”, Fiorentina truly embodies the Italian lifestyle.
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Fiorentina Italian Kitchen

Restaurant Information Located on the lobby floor, Fiorentina is a modern Italian café offering a range of menu items, from antipasti, pizzas and pastas to main dishes. Serving a light breakfast, lunch and dinner, Fiorentina offers guests the chance to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine with a focus on seasonal ingredients. With an outside terrace and access to Roppongi Hills’ fashionable “Keyakizaka Street”, Fiorentina truly embodies the Italian lifestyle.
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Fiorentina Italian Kitchen

This year, thanks to the theme we have chosen for this month’s Italian Table Talk, Carnival of course, I decided to give another chance to this holiday and take advantage of a new crush I have for Florence to discover one of its most typical desserts, schiacciata alla fiorentina, also known as stiacciata unta, greased flat bread. Emiko will present a typical sweet of the Florentine carnival, berlingozzo. Valeria, a pure Venetian girl and therefore the best source to learn about the carnival traditions, has made favette (castagnole) and will tell us about her personal experience and the excitement of Carnival seen through her eyes as a child. Jasmine will instead present the Jewish Purim and an evocative sweet treat, chiacchiere alla giudia.
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Fiorentina Italian Kitchen

But back to our schiacciata. I took my bus on a winter day so shiny and sunny that seemed almost spring and I went to Florence to visit Andrea Bianchini, a famous chocolatier and pastry chef, to learn how to make a good schiacciata. As I have said many times, it is impossible to talk about a generic Tuscan cuisine, since my region is extremely fragmented when it comes to typical food. Just like with lampredotto, schiacciata alla fiorentina does not cross the boundaries of the city to get to me in Valdelsa, and not only I had not made it before last week, I had never even tasted it. The things you do just for the science sake…
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Fiorentina Italian Kitchen

Despite its name that reminds of the savoury flatbread so typical of all our bakeries, schiacciata alla fiorentina is a sweet cake, fragrant with orange and vanilla. During Carnival time it appears in every bakery, pastry shop and bar in Florence. There is even a real competition aiming to nominate the best Florentine schiacciata, though the best one is almost universally attributed to Giorgio. Dusted with icing sugar with the Florence lily on the surface, now it is increasingly served filled with whipped cream, chocolate or custard.
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Fiorentina Italian Kitchen

Andrea Bianchini also told me that often the oranges in the traditional Florentine pastries used to be actually bergamots, very common in the area in the past times: as evidence, those round citrus fruit you can see in Della Robbia’s enamelled majolicas are actually bergamots. Another important element of the schiacciata alla fiorentina is its shape, traditionally rectangular. Apparently we owe the success of this cake to the nuns of Santa Verdiana in Florence, who used to serve food to the detainees in rectangular baking trays.
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Fiorentina Italian Kitchen

Experience warm Italian hospitality from the moment you enter until the moment you leave our door. Be sure to try the Signature Thin Crust Pizza! And our famous house specialty, the Fiorella Lasagna. We also specialize in fish served four ways – Livornese, Calabrese, Oven Roasted or Simply Grilled, something to suit your every desire!
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Fiorentina Italian Kitchen

Our mission is to sell hand-made, extremely fresh food, using none of the preservatives, additives or chemicals common to much of the “prepared” and “fast” food on the market today. High quality, genuine Italian food and value for money are the mainstays of our business. Our special recipe Focaccia bread is delivered fresh daily and our pizzas and calzones are made with hand stretched dough, prepared daily.