Love this Place!

So I’ve lived in Fort Lauderdale over 43 years and I have to say this was the best yellowtail and red snapper preparation I’ve ever had. It’s a tiny storefront restaurant with maybe 10-12 tables?  Run by an Italian couple that have been there 23 years. How did I miss this gem? If it hadn’t been for a Groupon coupon I never would have found it. We started with mussels.. they were big, plump and delicious and spicy the way I like them.

We each had fish and it was cooked to perfection. Amazingly fresh as the tail was still on it so it was a nice small size yellowtail snapper or red snapper and the sauce was perfect. We ordered a side of broccoli cooked in garlic and oil and pasta done the same. It reminded me of what I cook at home and I’m a real foodie. We had the Tartufo with pistachio ice cream covered in chocolate and whipped cream yum! It reminded me of a little Italian restaurant I went to growing up in New York.

This is definitely our go-to Italian restaurant from now on.  It is beer and wine only …we had Prosecco for a very reasonable $25 a bottle. This whole dinner cost is $90 which was amazing in itself for a five-star restaurant in my book. I would make reservations if you go on the weekend, during the week it seems good but we went early….love this place!

Red Snapper

La Dolce Vita Fort Lauderdale

In Federico Fellini’s lauded Italian film La Dolce Vita, restless reporter Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni) drifts through life in Rome. While Marcello contends with the overdose taken by his girlfriend, Emma (Yvonne Furneaux), he also pursues heiress Maddalena (Anouk Aimée) and movie star Sylvia (Anita Ekberg), embracing a carefree approach to living. Despite his hedonistic attitude, Marcello does have moments of quiet reflection, resulting in an intriguing cinematic character study.

Carbonara (Italian: [karboˈnaːra]) is an Italian pasta dish from Rome (La dolce vita) made with egg, hard cheese, guanciale (or pancetta), and black pepper. The dish arrived at its modern form, with its current name, in the middle of the 20th century.

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Now you can enjoy our authentic Italian cuisine by ordering ahead of time. All dinners will include a plate of olives and parmesan cheese appetizer and our fresh artisan bread. Your order will be confirmed via your email address, and sent straight to our kitchen!

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With its smooth, velvety taste, Acqua Panna is the ideal complement to the finest meals. Italy's most famous spring water, comes from the region of Tuscany.


a simple classic with our homemade sauce made from San Marzano tomatoes


a delicate combination of meat sauce, bechamel & fresh mozzarella
delicate layers of fresh pasta coated in a luxurious mix of hearty ragù bolognese and creamy béchamel


a delicate combination of meat sauce, bechamel & fresh mozzarella
delicate layers of fresh pasta coated in a luxurious mix of hearty ragù bolognese and creamy béchamel


sauteed in a light marsala sauce with mushroom


bucatini pasta tossed with pancetta-onion tomato sauce, parmigiano & black pepper


pasta tossed with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, garlic & basil


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


an Italian classic, flavorful pasta infused with clams and white sauce

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Fantastic Local Family Restaurant Fort Lauderdale

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!!!

Yelp user 5/10/2019

Vodka Sauce

We have seen this restaurant around for many years but made our first trip this past weekend. I am not sure what we were waiting for as this was such a pleasant surprise! All the dishes we tried were well prepared and delicious. Cafe Italia also prepares Penne a la Vodka in my favorite way – by flambe! When you flambe the sauce, it adds a nice smokey flavor to the sauce. Very few restaurants make it this way and this is the second one in South Florida that I have found that will use this method. The lasagna appears to have been made with fresh pasta which creates a lovely texture to the dish. One thing to note, we purchased the lasagna dish to split for our kids (7 and 10). The staff was kind enough to split it for us before they brought it out.

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!

The food is just perfect.

This restaurant is amazing. The food is just perfect. The owner is there with you while you dine and is very friendly. He’s been running restaurants for longer than I’ve been alive.

Tripadvisor user Sherpa16711582609

Local pickup ordering is 4:30pm to 10:30pm daily