Experience Authentic Italian Dining & Curbside Pickup in Fort Lauderdale

Cafe Italia Authentic Italian Restaurant Fort Lauderdale – Since 1993

3471 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
Call: (954) 561-3900

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.

Four weeks ago I had walked passed, and evidently the owner noticed my reviewing the menu in the window. A nice, polite, mature Gentleman asking if I had any questions. I advised I was just looking. Well over these past several weeks, I could not forget the impression he had left with me.

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.

There were about seven of the square tables, two round tables for five and an oblong table for eight. Immediately after the presentation of the menu and the wine list, a plate of house made bread with butter was presented, together with a plate of provolone cheese and a round metal cup of Italian Olives. Everything was very tasty.

For anyone eating out on a budget, the pasta dishes were exceptionally reasonable. I selected the Eggplant Rollatini for my appetizer, and the veal 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.

While there, a group of six arrived and selected the round table in the front by the window and adjacent to the table for eight, and they were not over-crowded.

Authentic Italian Family Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale Call 954-561-3900

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“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.”

Warm Welcome makes Cafe Italia Restaurant Special – The Herald Dining Section
The Charm And Taste Of The Old World - Sun Sentinel
Love This Place - Google
Beautiful Italian Restaurant Decor Romantic Space - Miami Diner
Straight From The Heart - Sun Sentinel
Perfect Italian Restaurant Near Me - Yelp
Fantastic Family Restaurant Fort Lauderdale - Yelp

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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.

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

This is the greatest little Italian 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!!!

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Found this Italian restaurant place 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 20 years!


At Cafe Italia Fort Lauderdale Italian Restuarant we speak Italian, live Italian and cook Italian! The Charm of Old Italy in this small family local owned Italian Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy freshly served cooked-to-order plates including our signature dish yellowtail snapper, veal marsala, risotto, lamb, seafood dishes and much more.

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.

Family owned, quality Italian food, reasonable prices. Love Love Lovee

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The owner and chef couple take pride in the italian food & service they provide. Food is authentic, very tasty. Love the bread & olive. Every pasta dishes we ordered was outstanding. Food is not salty or overly greasy. The husband owner stopped by almost every table to chat with the customers & asked them if they liked the food. Very warm & friendly. The prices are very reasonable. Skip the big chains or the fancy new Fort Lauderdale Italian restaurants in town & go to Cafe Italia Restaurant. You will not be disappointed.

3471 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
Call: (954) 561-3900