Food Friday: Florentina’s Ristorante Italiano

Florentina'sThis week in Branson I stopped into Florentina’s Ristorante Italiano for a warm, hearty dinner and couldn’t have been more impressed. Well-liked for its authentic local Italian dishes, Florentina’s has an impressive selection of delicious entrees that will leave you absolutely stuffed and content.

For a Monday night in Branson, the place was completely packed and the buzz of ongoing conversations filled my ears as I pulled the front door open. I was immediately seated at a small table in the dining room and greeted by my friendly server who placed the thick menu in front of me.

The restaurant’s decor was filled with warm colors, lush plants and decorative art. Large tables seated big groups of people and families who were loudly enjoying their meals and the waiters and waitresses were all busy serving plates and happily chatting with customers.

I was eyeing the lasagna on the menu when my server arrived back at my table and offered his own advice. He told me the local favorite was the Rigatoni Florentina and I warily took his advice, convincing myself that it would be best to try something new.

He returned less to my table less than ten minutes later with a heaping plate of rigatoni noodles coated in a creamy tomato cream sauce and topped with a melted, gooey cheese blend. I was anxious to try this dish of interesting ingredients. A unique blend of grilled chicken, red onion, mushrooms, broccoli, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, capers, kalamata olives and garlic, the Rigatoni Florentina is definitely one of the more interesting dishes on the menu.

I took a bite, not really sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised with the diverse array of flavors that greeted my tastebuds. Each bite incorporated a new zesty flavor that was simply too delicious to describe.

There was no way I could finish my entire portion, even if I tried, so be aware that if you dine at Florentina’s you’ll most likely leave with leftovers. Which is fantastic! I took my leftovers to work the next day and had my coworkers jealously sniffing the air.

Next time you’re in Branson, check this place out! You won’t be disappointed.


Location: 2690 Green Mountain Dr., Branson, Mo
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m; Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Price range: $7-$9 per person for lunch, $10-$15 per person for dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Good for: Date night, family dining


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