No. 7: Venison Filet Mignon at Mare Culinary Lounge

Edwin Goei • OC Weekly • October 5, 2012
Mare is supposed to be known for its seafood. But you should know by now that Alessandro Pirozzi of Cucina Alessa fame has the golden touch, even with game meats, as it turns out. The venison filet mignon he serves at his newest restaurant, two...
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