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Chef Francisco Argueta’s love for Italian cooking doesn't just stretch across his 20-year culinary career—it stretches across three area restaurants: Francisco's on the River, Florentino's, and Mamita's. In contrast with the pastoral setting of Francisco's, Florentino's embraces the antique charm and gourmand poltergeists of historic downtown Newtown. Here, Chef Francisco builds a solid foundation of classic red, wine, and cream sauces, draping them over entrees of lobster ravioli, shrimp scampi, and eggplant parmigiano. Tradition isn't everything at Florentino's; Chef Francisco has been known to switch things up with plates of mango-salsa salmon and lunches of pesto burgers and filet mignon sandwiches.
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