Cooking Channel's Eat Street was back in Miami, filming another season of the popular show that features food trucks and the chefs (and fans) that drive them to success.
This past long weekend saw the show's crew at two major south Florida breweries to highlight a few chef-driven mobile eateries, including Il Fiorentino.
The truck is owned and operated by chef Lorenzo Lapi. Lapi, who hails from Firenze, has experience working in Michelin Star rated restaurants in Italy and Europe, and decided to start a food truck featuring authentic Italian cuisine as a way to introduce his cooking to the Miami community. Chef Lorenzo, as he's affectionately known, eventually hopes to turn this endeavor into a brick and mortar restaurant, but for now, his truck serves home made pasta with freshly made sauces simmered for hours to marry the flavors.
A large turnout gathered at the soon-to-open J. Wakefield Brewing Company to eat gnocchi and get a few minutes of camera time.
Brewery founder Johnathan Wakefield gets in on the action by eating a plate of risotto alla zucca, caprino e salsiccia (risotto with butternut squash, goat cheese, and Italian sausage, $12) for the camera. The brewer described the dish as "creamy and amazing."
Here's a close-up of the risotto dish.
Slow Food Truck's Zach Schwartz came out to show support for his fellow chef-driven food truck. Schwartz's SFT was featured on Eat Street in July, 2012. Chef Schwartz enjoyed some polpettine di carne con purè di patata e olio al tartufo (meatballs over mashed potatoes with truffle oil, $10) on camera.
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According to Chef Lorenzo, the secret to the meatballs is in the beef/pork blend, which is seasoned with nutmeg.
Chef Lorenzo getting ready to film Eat Street.