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This is the greatest little hidden gem right in my home town. I recommend everyone to come in!! It’s a fantastic family restaurant where everyday the owner will great you and recommend a great meal just for you. Five stars for sure!!!
The BEST spaghetti carbonara in Fort Lauderdale!
“On a dark overcast day, I was on my way to the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, when I spotted a small ‘hole in the wall’ type restaurant as I was sitting in traffic. I thought to my self, I might as well pull in since I am close to the entrance to satisfy my craving …
“Hey,” we thought, “we’re eating real Italian food.” – And what’s more, virtually everyone dining at this small, unpretentious cafe was speaking Italian
You could visit an Italian restaurant every night of the year and still not exhaust all the choices in South Florida. But while dining recently at Cafe Italia in Fort Lauderdale …
Lasagna was the best I ever had!
Wow! What a surprise! I swear I thought it was closed because of no signage and the fact it is directly next door to another Italian restaurant.
Upon arrival, the owner, a 84 year old gentleman with a bum hip greeted with a smile and authentic accent. The restaurant is sparse but clean, and the menu with prices from a bygone era was filled with Italian favorites!
Delicious bread, olives and Italian cheese wa swiftly brought to the table and our main courses were out in a jiffy with a smile, hot plate and aroma that made me feel like I was in mamas kitchen!
The pasta was beyond good and I must say, the lasagna was the best I ever had! Once the bill came I couldn’t believe, dinner for two with wine and the 20 percent off for checking in with yelp was under 40 dollars!! Find this obscure hidden treasure right on US1 just north of Oakland!
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As a vegan it can be difficult to find nice upscake places to eat. They were very nice and happy to accommodate my needs. The food was delicious!
Nice restaurant and great location. Francesco is a great older gentleman and his wife is preparing the best pasta. Reasonable prices and huge parking. Highly recommend this place.
Food was absolutely delicious! They have been here for 29 years for a reason! So authentic and sweet staff and owner!! Will be back again when we are in town!
I've been driving by this place for years and finally came in to eat this evening by happenstance. I ordered broccoli rabe with rigatoni in a garlic and oil sauce... foodies
Was personally greeted by the owner and treated like family. Huge portions and very flavorful authentic Italian food.
Beautifully prepared and totally delicious! All 7 of us were delighted with our dinner entrees. Osso bucco got rave reviews–large portions, too! Red Snapper Livornese was so good, with olives and capers. Pasta was authentic and cooked perfectly. Salmon and seafood were enthusiastically consumed. House wine ok. Only one anonymous beer: “Italian birra”. Tiramisu and espresso finished our memorable meal.
Great wine selection
I absolutely love this restaurant I love that is family owned the wife cooks and the husband is at the door to always greet you. Authentic Italian food homemade you will never get going here for a great mealTrip Advisor
Authentic Italian food In Fort Lauderdale
The Charm of Old Italy in this small local family Italian Restaurant. Enjoy freshly served cooked-to-order best Italian food including yellowtail snapper, veal marsala, risotto, lamb, seafood dishes the best authentic Italian food at Cafe Italia restaurant on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale.
So on Saturday, I decided to go back and pay the Cafe Italia a visit. As he explained to me when leaving in an apology, he had just had an operation, and walking was difficult, so thus difficult to personally greet myself at the table. I reminded him of my previous time there, looking, and my promise to return. It’s a small but very comfortable restaurant located in the Roselli Building.Sun Sentinel
Delicious & Fresh!
When you arrive, servers immediately bring fresh, warm bread with a soft center & crunchy crust. A flute of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, a plate with green olives & chunks of fresh Parmesan cheese also arrive. Additionally, they bring a bottle olive oil & balsamic vinegar. For a neon-sign exterior, this attention to detail was truly unexpected.
My husband is a pasta fagioli soup connoisseur & devoured this version. The Caprese salad was OK. They were disappointedly out of buffalo mozzarella & could have added more fresh basil; the balsamic vinaigrette served with it was an odd choice, as the olive oil & balsamic vinegar on the table is more traditional, so that’s what we used.
We dug into our main dishes before taking photos, so any perceive lack of perfect presentation is our fault! He loved the lasagna & I highly recommend the baked to perfection eggplant parmigiana. I opted to pay for the side of paste ($3, I think). I chose pappardelle, which was prepared well but could have used more marinara
For anyone eating out on a budget, the pasta dishes were exceptionally reasonable. I selected the Eggplant Rollatini for my appetizer, and the veal marsala cutlet with mushrooms in a Marsala wine sauce. Also a side of pasta with a marinara sauce. It was the largest pasta side dish I have ever been served. The eggplant was delicious, and three nice sized slices of veal were so tender you could break them with your fork.
For anyone eating out on a budget, the pasta dishes were exceptionally reasonable. I selected the Eggplant Rollatini for my appetizer, and the veal marsala cutlet with mushrooms in a Marsala wine sauce. Also a side of pasta with a marinara sauce. It was the largest pasta side dish I have ever been served. The eggplant was delicious, and three nice sized slices of veal were so tender you could break them with your fork. They had a nice selection of Italian house wines by the glass, and the prices were at least half of what you would normally pay in a Ristoranti. I forgot to mention the tables had a nice light tan first table cloth, topped with another white linen top table cloth, and of course real linen napkins. Service was just perfect, where you were not rushed, and you leisurely enjoy the appetizer, before the entree and pasta were served.
“To help prevent germs we use UV germicide air filtration in our dining room and AC ducts to eliminate pollutants and kill 99% of Viruses & Germs.”
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You could visit an Italian restaurant every night of the year and still not exhaust all the choices in South Florida. But while dining recently at Cafe Italia in Fort Lauderdale, something hit us: “Hey,” we thought, “we’re eating real Italian food.” And what’s more, virtually everyone dining at this small, unpretentious cafe was speaking Italian, a sign there’s authenticity coming out of la cucina. Cafe Italia Ristorante.Miami Herald
Found this Italian restaurant near me last week while doing an Internet search. I lucked out because it turned out to be excellent and near me. Very friendly staff. Wonderful food. Great service. I didn’t even know it was there for over 20 years!Yelp
I was watching the Food Network today and they showed a restaurant featuring Spaghetti Carbonara. Having had a particularly rough week, it was just the comfort food I wanted. It is one of my favorite pasta dishes but I rarely have it because well it’s pasta, and I have yet to find a good version of the dish in South Florida. I did a search on Google for restaurants that have it. Cafe Italia came up as being one of the top 10 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for the dish. So I made plans to order it. I found I could order for curbside pick up through their web site. I placed my order and went to pick it up.Google
What a find!!!
Loved this place, friendly welcoming atmosphere. The owner Francesco is a wonderful man, we were delighted that he joined our table and shared some life stories with us. The wait for the food was long but it was so DELICIOUS, we will definitely return.
Love this restaurant.
Very authentic Italian restaurant. Down to earth, no pretension here at all. Family owned and operated by Francesco and his wife in the kitchen. Had the rigatoni with shrimp and broccoli in a garlic olive oil. Very good. Bread comes out warm! They serve a little olives and cheese plate to start while you wait for your food to come out. We had also a very nice Chianti that was very reasonably priced at $25 a bottle. My husband had the grilled tuna with olives Which he loved. Perfectly cooked. Lastly the tiramisu was the perfect end to the evening. Will definitely be back!
Owner Francesco, from Pescara a city in Abruzzo Italy is highly educated in Italian cuisine and Cafe Italia is prepared to deliver only the best Italian food in Fort Lauderdale! Cafe Italia owned and operated solely by Italians & Italians in the kitchen. we are one of the best Local Italian Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. Ristorante Italiano.