100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: No. 80 -- Insalata Caprese at Fiorentina

As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to Deirdra.Funcheon@BrowardPalmBeach.com.

No. 80: Insalata Caprese at Fiorentina

A traditional salad from the Campania region of Italy, Insalata Caprese is a simple plating of sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Traditionally prepared using a fresh, creamy buffalo-style Italian mozzarella cheese, it's typically finished off with a sprinkling of course ground salt and pepper, and a dash of olive oil. Here, as in Italy, its often served as a side dish or antipasto -- which is exactly how it's prepared at Fiorentina, where you'll find the osteria's own variation of the dish served with the addition of red peppers and a fresh-whipped balsamic vinaigrette.

Billed as one of Fiorentina's small plates, this appetizer dish is easily enough for two, and features a specific Italian mozzarella known as Burratina Pugliese, imported straight to your table from its city of origin, the Apulia province of Italy. The dish is perfectly executed with sliced heirloom tomatoes and roasted peppers, swimming in a dense balsamic reduction. The obscenely decadent sac of Burratina is the highlight -- and centerpiece -- of this dish, oozing freshness with a creamy interior too soft to slice into a more pleasing presentation.

FIORENTINA 
707 Lake Ave.
Lake Worth, FL 33460
(561) 588-9707

Previous 100 favorite dishes:
No. 81: Angus and Brie Burger from Gilbert's 17th Street Grill
No. 82: Pulled Pork Sliders from Gratify American GastroPub
No. 83: Fagottini al Tartufo Bianco e Nero From Apicius Ristorante e Enoteca
No. 84: Guacamole from Dos Caminos
No. 85: Rock Shrimp from Bahama Mama
No. 86: The Grease Beast at Grease Burger
No. 87: Banana Pancakes from Simply Delish
No. 88: Paella at Cafe Seville
No. 89: Coal-Oven Wings From Table 42
No. 90: Pork buns at Umi Fish Bar + Grill
No. 91: Mariquitas from Cabana
No. 92: Meatballs With Ricotta and San Marzano Tomato Sauce from Deck 84
No. 93: Crème Brûlée With Fruit Compote from Mojo
No. 94: Asparagus and Swiss Omelette from La Bonne Crepe on

Las Olas


No. 95: Pad Thai from Sukhothai


No 96: The Mother of All Burgers from Quickie's Burgers & Wings
No. 97: Arancini Rice Balls from D'Angelo
No. 98: "Yum Yum" Korean Pork Tacos from Nacho Bizness
No. 99: Sauteed Gator Tail from Rosey Baby
No. 100: Vacio Steak from Angus Bar and Grill


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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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