Cafe Italia Family Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar Est. 1993

Cafe Italia
3471 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
954-681-3716

Dinner 4:45pm – 11:15pm
Happy Hours 4pm – 6pm

You could visit an Italian restaurant in fort lauderdale 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 …

Charm of the Old World

Authentic Italian Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale

Found this Italian Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale last week while doing an Internet search. I lucked out because it turned out to be excellent and close to me. Very friendly staff. Wonderful food. Great service. I didn’t even know it was there for …

Happy Hour 4-6PM

$6 Happy Hour Food
$9 Happy Hour Food
$5 Happy Hour Drinks

Lasagna Best I Ever Had!

Upon arrival, the owner, a 84 year old gentleman with a bum hip greeted with a smile and authentic accent.  The Italian 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 was 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 Italian 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 italian restaurant in fort lauderdale right on US1 just north of Oakland Park Blvd!

eggplant rollatini
eggplant rollatini cafe italia

This is the greatest little Italian restaurant 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!!! It’s a fantastic family Italian restaurant in Fort Lauderdale where everyday the owner will great you and recommend a great meal just for you

Cafe Italia also prepares Penne alla Vodka in my favorite way – by flambe! When you flambe the sauce, it adds a nice smokey flavor to the sauce. I am truly impressed that Cafe Italia has been in business for 20+ years! Unfortunately, many restaurants loose their focus on quality but I do not think this is the case for this restaurant. We look forward to making Cafe Italia as one of our go-to places for excellent Italian food!

Caprese Salad salad of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil

” I am truly impressed that Cafe Italia Fort Lauderdale has been in business for 20+ years! Unfortunately, many restaurants loose their focus on quality.

We look forward to making Cafe Italia as one of our go-to places for excellent Italian food!

With its friendly, attentive staff and a nice, reasonably priced wine selection, Café Italia is a neighborhood Italian restaurant that will win you over with its high quality, well prepared dishes

Owner Francesco has been greeting guests here for over 25 years. It’s a small family operated restaurant where you can hear Italian spoken and all dishes are made to order.

Word of mouth is how we learned about the place which is located on the ground floor of an office building. We were seated immediately and presented with a plate of excellent cheese and olives and outstanding fresh baked Italian style bread. The menu is somewhat limited with emphasis on pasta and seafood. I chose the veal Marsala dish and a side of angel hair pasta with garlic & olive oil. Very high quality, perfectly prepared veal and excellent pasta. Thank you for an excellent dining experience!

Authentic Italian Restaurant In Fort Lauderdale

The Charm of Old Italy in this small local authentic 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 Italian cozy restaurant located in the Roselli Building.

Sun Sentinel

Delicious & Fresh Italian!

When you arrive, servers immediately bring fresh, warm bread with a soft center & crunchy crust. A flute of freshly grated Italian Parmesan cheese, a plate with green olives & chunks of fresh Italian Parmiggiano cheese also arrive. Additionally, they bring a bottle olive oil & balsamic vinegar. For a neon-sign exterior, this attention to detail was truly unexpected.

We dug into our main dishes before taking photos, so any perceive lack of perfect presentation is our fault! He loved the fresh lasagna & I highly recommend the baked to perfection eggplant parmigiana. I opted to pay for the side of paste. I chose pappardelle. Deliciousness! Awesome Italian Food.

Hey, … we thought, “we’re eating real Italian food.” – And what’s more, virtually everyone dining at this small, unpretentious Italian restaurant was speaking Italian. – SUNSENTINEL

For anyone eating italian out on a budget, the pasta dishes were exceptionally reasonable

Papardelle Mare Monti Porcini mushrooms, garlic, large shrimp & wine in a delicate cream sauce
Papardelle Mare Monti Cafe Italia

For anyone eating out on a budget, the pasta dishes were exceptionally reasonable. I selected the Prosciutto Melone for my appetizer, and the veal marsala cutlet with mushrooms in a Marsala wine sauce. Also a side of pasta with a fresh tasting 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.

Our Italian dining starts with only the freshest ingredients – we don’t take shortcuts. We pride ourselves in cooking with only 100% pure Italian extra virgin olive oil, fresh vegetables, & ingredients so we may serve the most authentic Italian cuisine. All our dishes are made to order and reservation are accepted & recommended.

Fresh Ingredients

Ossobuco Fort Lauderdale at Cafe italia veal shank and wine
Ossobuco

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.

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Penne alla Vodka

Translated from Italian alla vodka means with vodka. So when talking about penne alla vodka it means penne pasta served with a sauce that contains vodka.

Classic pasta alla vodka consists of pasta tossed in a smooth tomato and cream-based sauce that has been laced with vodka. Penne Vodka

Little Gem

Yellowtail snapper cafe italia restaurant
yellowtail

This is the greatest little Italian restaurant hidden gem right in my home town near me. 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!!!

Cafeitalia 27+ Years Same Location

Italian Food Italian Food Prosciutto Melon Wine Pink Flower Glass Melon Wine Pink Flower Glass
Prosciutto Melone

Found this Italian restaurant in ft lauderdale 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!

Swordfish Cafe Italia swordfish steak simmered in a sweet-sour red and green pepper sauce, onion, garlic and white wine
Swordfish Cafe Italia swordfish steak simmered in a sweet-sour red and green pepper sauce, onion, garlic and white wine

Carbonara

I was watching the Italian 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 Spaghetti Carbonara. 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 my spaghetti carbonara.

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Love this Italian restaurant.

Very authentic Italian restaurant.  Down to earth, no pretension here at all. Family restaurant in south florida 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.

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. We will definitely return.

Frank Vincent Sopranos
Frank Vincent Sopranos @ Cafe Italia Fort Lauderdale

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.

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