If your date night restaurant revolved around amazing authentic Italian cuisine in a friendly local establishment of over 20 years then Cafe Italia Ristorante is the perfect date night restaurant.
3471 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
Call: (954) 561-3900
The Charm of Old Italy is in this small family owned Italian Restaurant. Enjoy freshly served cooked-to-order plates including yellowtail snapper, veal marsala, risotto, lamb, seafood dishes and much more.
“Amazing little restaurant near me has the best pasta dishes and sauces around. I stopped in to see what the place looked like since it has been there for over 20 years and never went in! It was a small cozy romantic restaurant with Italian music playing. I liked the round chandeliers and asked where he got them.
One of the best restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for authentic Italian cuisine. I ordered the Bucatini Amatriciana and it was the best pasta I ever had in Fort Lauderdale.”
The Miami Herald Dining Section
It seems as if I spend my life in Italian restaurants picking apart menus, dining rooms and meals, trying to discern the relative value of a dining experience.
But the truth is that I believe the best restaurants, Italian or otherwise, are not necessarily the ones with the finest Riedel glasses, French- trained waiters and the oldest balsamic vinegar — though that certainly can help — but rather those that give diners a good feeling of welcoming and home. The ones that convey a feeling of conviviality, that entice the appetite not only with fine food but with fine hospitality.
Café Italia is just such a place. Though the decor is strictly generic strip mall and the tableware equally unimpressive, owner Francesco Lapi is such an omnipresent source of warmth that it is hard to find much fault with the place.