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Tocca Ferro at JW Marriott Anaheim Resort

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by Julie Diebolt Price (subscribe)
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Published May 24th 2023
You are in luck to touch iron at Tocca Ferro
Tocca Ferro is Italian for "touch iron." In literal terms, to bring good luck. For English speakers, to avoid tempting fate, we touch wood or knock on wood. Often, people knock on wood furniture when making a prediction or boasting.

Best Wishes And Good Luck

Tocca Ferro Italian Chophouse, entrance, restaurant
Entrance to Tocca Ferro Italian Chophouse © Julie Diebolt Price

For good luck during your meal, consider touching the iron at Tocca Ferro Italian Chophouse within the JW Marriott Anaheim Resort in Anaheim, California. The staff makes it easy to touch iron with the Appetizer course delivered on a tray with a horseshoe attached. Such a brilliant idea!

Led by Executive Chef Adam Haverland, Tocca Ferro Italian Chophouse was named North America's Best New Restaurant in 2022 by the World Culinary Awards. With over 20 years of experience in luxury dining, Chef Haverland employs a unique culinary seed-to-table concept. This was the first time I experienced so many uses of herbs and flowers directly from the garden onto my plate.

Tocca Ferro hosted my husband and me for dinner. However, all opinions are my own.

The Dining Experience At Tocca Ferro

A lively young woman, Lorena, greeted and seated us and served our meal. She entertained and educated us about smoking cocktails, touching the iron horseshoe, and the delectable menu selections.

We arrived during the early dinner hours. Our table offered an unobstructed view of the rooftop garden and walkway. We watched pedestrians strolling through the gardens and enjoying the outdoor art installations.

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Tocca Ferro dining room with a view to the rooftop garden ©Julie Diebolt Price

Craft Cocktails

A handful of craft cocktails tempted us, but my husband and I chose The Godfather Old Fashioned. It's made with Knob Creek Bourbon, sugar, smoke & oak bitters, orange peel, and Luxardo cherry. The bucket glass was smoked and infused with wood chips.

Because the smoking cocktail was a new experience, Lorena brought one drink to the table already smoking and smoked the other so I could learn how to do it. You can watch the video on my Instagram page.

The Godfathers, of course, had a smoky flavor. The bourbon was so smooth, flavorful, and rich after the smoke dissipated.


The Appetizer course consisted of a large crouton with dried fig decorated with chopped fruit, white cream, micro greens, and glace.

The small bites were served on a long tray with a horseshoe attached. We "touched iron" for good luck.

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Tocca Ferro touch iron for good luck tray with appetizers ©Julie Diebolt Price

Bread And Butter

The delicious ciabatta dinner rolls were warm and served with rosemary and sage herbed butter. The herbs were fresh from the rooftop garden.


I ordered the Scottish Salmon & Fregola, which was buttery crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. It consisted of Fregola (an ancient form of artisanal oven-roasted couscous), Confit Tomato, Herbs, Rapini, Minced Garlic, Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette, and Blood Orange Balsamic.

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Tocca Ferro Scottish Salmon dinner ©Julie Diebolt Price

My husband ordered the Milanese Risotto E Veal Osso Bucco, which contained Saffron Broth Risotto, Broccolini, Tomato Ragu, and Grana. Lorena placed a seafood pick at his place to scoop out the bone marrow.

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Tocca Ferro Milanese Risotto E Veal Osso Bucco dinner ©Julie Diebolt Price


We couldn't end the meal without the incredible sweet treats offered. I'm a pushover for salted caramel, so I chose the salted caramel-filled chocolate soufflé and a decaf latte.

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Salted Caramel-filled Chocolate Soufflé and Decaf Latte ©Julie Diebolt Price

My husband chose the cheesecake, which is his favorite. It was almost too pretty to eat with the fresh, edible garden flowers.

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Tocca Ferro Cheesecake with Edible Flowers ©Julie Diebolt Price

Best wishes and good luck for a remarkable guest experience at Tocca Ferro Italian Chophouse. You won't be disappointed!
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Where: 1775 S Clementine St, 2nd Floor Anaheim, California 92802
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