Our Fort Lauderdale Italian Restaurant is catered to the finest clientele looking for authentic entrees. One of the most authentic Italian Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale Florida.

Cafe Italia Fort Lauderdale
3471 North Federal Hwy.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33060

Call: (954) 561-3900

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Cafe Italia Ristorante since 1993 is one of the most authentic restaurants in Fort Lauderdale and is owned and operated solely by Italian descent. Owner Francesco, from Pescara a city in Abruzzo Italy is highly educated in central Italian cuisine and is prepared to deliver only the best!

Here is a partial list of recent restaurant reviews of our Fort Lauderdale Italian Restaurant. Read more reviews here

Beautiful Italian Restaurant Decor & Romantic Space
Cafe Italia brings Charm of Old World to Lauderdale
Straight from the Heart
Warm Welcome makes Cafe Italia Special
The spaghetti carbonara was the BEST I’ve ever had!
The charm and taste of the Old World
Fantastic…real Italian
Trust in the Reviews!
A hidden gem

Cafe Italia

jangchuna kate
jangchuna kate
01:55 10 Jul 17
Italian is not my first choice, but whenever I want Italian foods I would come here. This 23 years old restaurant is highly recommended. Real mom&pop place. The owner, Francesco, has such a warm heart. He made us feel like eating at our grandparents house. He kept feeding us wonderful and tasty foods. The price is reasonable.
Kelly Keck
Kelly Keck
00:33 05 Jun 17
Great little family owned Italian spot. Wonderful fish dish. Huge portions. Lovely service. Owner came over to say hello. Don't pass up this little unassuming place. Wonderful!
Robert Brauning
Robert Brauning
01:21 28 Sep 17
Any fish Livornese Style is just outstanding. A great Italian restaurant, underated but actually a gem. Don't be put off by the setting, a litt5lw office like, its worth every penny of the very reasonable prices.
Princess Peach
Princess Peach
20:57 24 Sep 17
This is one of the best! A hidden gem! Try the snapper it’s yummy!!
M Wall
M Wall
01:36 18 Apr 17
Fanatastic. Not busy on this Monday night but the food was phenomenal. Just like Italy. Another table was speaking Italian to the manager which seemed like a good endorsement as well.
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We invite you to join us in our Italian Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale Florida for an exquisite evening of food, Italian wine and music hosted by true chefs.

Gift certificates make a great gift and reservations are available.

Hosting a private party? Why not have us help you, from birthday parties to wedding reunions, we will host a great evening for you in our beautiful Restaurant. Kid Friendly!


Coffee & Espresso

Herbal Tea


Double Espresso / DeCaf

Espresso / DeCaf


Caffe Latte

Wines and Champagne


Moscato d’Asti

Chianti Classico

San Giovese

Pinot Noir

Pinot Grigio



Montepulciano d’Abruzzo


Primitivo di Manduria

Negro Amaro

Cabernet Sauvignon


Antipasti & Soups

Eggplant Rollatini

Prociutto e Melone


Fried Calamari

Antipasti Misto

Soup of the Day


Pasta e Fagioli

Zuppa di Mussels e Clams

Pasta e Risotti

Spaghetti Marinara
a simple classic with our homemade tomato sauce

Lasagne alla Bolognese
a delicate combination of meat sauce, bechamel & fresh mozzarella

Eggplant Parmigiana
layers of eggplant, tomato sauce, mozzarella & parmigiano

Spaghetti alle Vongole
Spaghetti alle Vongole

Spaghetti alle Vongole
clams over spaghetti in a red or white sauce

Bucatini all’ Amatriciana
bucatini pasta tossed with pancetta-onion tomato sauce, parmigiano & black pepper

Risotto con Porcini or Asparagus
arborio rice slowly cooked with white wine & fragrant porcini mushrooms or asparagus

Spaghetti Carbonara
spaghetti with crispy pancetta, egg yolk, generous parmigiano & black pepper

Penne alla Vodka
a delicate pink vodka sauce over penne

Shrimp e Broccoli over Rigatoni
a light garlic & olive oil sauce sauteed with shrimp & fresh broccoli florets

Pappardelle Mare Monti
Pappardelle Mare Monti

Pappardelle Mare e Monti
porcini mushrooms, garlic, large shrimp & wine in a delicate cream sauce

Farfalle di Mare
bowtie pasta with zucchini & shrimp in a pink sauce

Rigatoni ai Porcini e burro al Tartufo
creamy porcini sauce, truffle butter and parmigiano

Risotto Scoglio
Risotto a’lo Scoglio

Risotto allo Scoglio
white seafood risotto with mussels, clams & shrimp

Rigatoni alla Cristiano
pasta tossed with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, garlic & basil

Lamb Meatball Ragu over Chitarra Spaghetti
a pasta shape typical from Abruzzo tossed with delicate lamb meatballs simmered in tomato sauce

Trio Adriatico
fancy italian egg fettuccini with clams, shrimp & scallops in a delicate white sauce

Zuppa di Pesce over Linguini
linguini covered with mussels, clams & shrimp in a red or white sauce

Zuppa di pesce over linguine
Zuppa di pesce over linguine

Carne & Pesce

slowly cooked in olive oil, garlic, wine, tomatoes & mushrooms

Chicken Marsala
sauteed in a light marsala sauce with mushroom

Yellow Tail Snapper Livornese
slowly cooked with a delicate mix of mushrooms, diced tomatoes, wine & garlic

Yellow Tail Snapper Livornese
slowly cooked with a capers,  olive oil

Yellow Tail Piccata
Yellow Tail Piccata

Tuna Steak alla Siciliano
pan seared tuna with a rich onion, lemon & olive sauce

Tuna Steak
Tuna Steak Siciliano

Pescespada con Peperoni in Agrodolce
swordfish steak simmered in a sweet-sour red and green pepper sauce, onion, garlic and white wine

Chilean Sea Bass
simmered in extra virgin olive oil, onions, diced tomatoes & basil leaf

Snapper alla Livornese
simmered in a hearty tomato sauce with onions, capers, black olives, diced tomatoes & parsley

Veal Marsala
delicate light marsala sauce with mushrooms over veal scaloppine

Veal Saltimbocca
Veal Saltimbocca

Veal Saltimbocca
slowly cooked veal shank in tomato sauce with celery, onions, carrots and red wine

slowly cooked veal shank in tomato sauce with celery, onions, carrots and red wine

Filet Mignon or NY Strip
grilled and accompanied by a wine and mushroom sauce


Various italian desserts