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The nice thing about eating at Carmelo's Italian Restaurant (14795 Memorial, 281-531-0696) is that the chef is happy to make your favorite dish, even if it's not on the menu. We recommend requesting the vitello fiorentino ($20). The dish starts out with four wafer-thin slices of veal, gently sautéed in olive oil and garlic. The veal is then topped with a slice of prosciutto and covered with a chunky pomodoro sauce. Fresh spinach makes up the next layer, and the whole is topped with mozzarella cheese, which is then melted under the broiler, also cooking the spinach. The prosciutto adds a salty note; the mozzarella, a hint of sweetness; and the spinach, a slight bitterness to a dish of many flavors.
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