Cafe Italia Authentic Italian Restaurant Fort Lauderdale – Since 1993

Fort Lauderdale Italian Restaurant in 33306

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! Cafe Italia owned and operated solely by Italians, we are one of the best Local Italian Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale.

Our cuisine starts with only the freshest ingredients – we don’t take shortcuts. We take pride in cooking with only 100% pure italian extra virgin olive oil, fresh vegetables, and ingredients so we may serve the most authentic Italian cuisine at your table. All our dishes are made to order and reservation are accepted and recommended. At Cafe Italia 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 yellowtail snapper, veal marsala, risotto, lamb, seafood dishes and much more.

Cafe Italia Authentic Italian Restaurant Fort Lauderdale – Since 1993
3471 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
Call: (954) 561-3900



  •   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... read more

  •   We were the first ones to arrive on a Saturday and when we left the place was very busy. They cook to order and the only waitress was kept... read more

    Donna Marie D
  •   The owners/chef couple take pride in the food and service they provide. Food is authentic, very tasty. Love the bread and olive. Every pasta dishes we ordered was outstanding.... read more

  •   This was an Italian joint with a big menu. We didn't get a chance to try their pizza but it looked to this former NYer to be the real... read more

    Steve P
  •   You want real Italian food? this is it! Owners are the chefs and the food, wine and service were outstanding. great pasta, veal, meat and seafood dishes with a wide... read more

    Jack G
  •   Not bad at all. Warm bread served with olives and olive oil (Bread from Gran Forno, I believe) started us off. Nice glass of cabernet at 6 seemed like good... read more

  •   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... read more

  •   Dinner for 8. Impeccable service, wonderful menu and wine list. Reasonably priced. Great value. Wonderful atmosphere with Pavarotti and in the background.

    Mike L
  •   This is very popular restaurant with locals. Very good, solid food. Service was okey but need improvement. My only complaint it was very , very cold inside.

  •   I enjoyed with my lovely family in a good italian restaurant The quality was excellent, the Waiter was very kind. I liked my linguine with shrimps and clams , was... read more

    Silvie S

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  •   Amazing food, great wine and even better desert. Coming back for sure. Great date night spot, also price is incredible for the amount of food we got. Real authentic Italian food.

    thumb Jhoanna J.
  •   Absolutely delicious food been coming here for years I would definitely recommend to everyone.

    The bread is amazing

    thumb John C.
  •   Home cooked food made to order. Ask them for the stuffed veal chop. Mom and pop restaurants but that is the best kind. Francesco the owner was great, greeted everyone properly and got to know them.Would definitely try again.

    thumb Kelvin N.
  •   The owners/chef couple take pride in the food and service they provide. Food is authentic, very tasty. Love the bread and 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 and asked them if they liked the food. Very warm and friendly. The prices are very reasonable.

    Skip the big chains or the fancy new restaurants in town and go to Cafe Italia. You will not be disappointed.

    thumb Web P.
  •   Beautifully prepared and totally delicious! All 7 of us were delighted with our dinner entrees. Osso bucco got rave reviews--large portions, too! Red Snapper Livornese was so good, with olives and capers. Pasta was authentic and cooked perfectly. Salmon and seafood were enthusiastically consumed. House wine ok. Only one anonymous beer: "Italian birra". Tiramisu and espresso finished our memorable meal.

    thumb Faith S.
  •   We came across this little gem by a google search. Looking for somewhere we haven't tried.   The reviews were all very good and describing authentic Italian.  I was craving a pasta sauce like mamma used to make and this is just what I got.  It was delicious. The bread was served warm and scrumptious and the house Cabernet was very nice.  The owners sat at a table near the window speaking Italian and being very friendly, gracious and welcoming to all their guests.  The prices are very reasonable and it's a quaint little place with 10 or 15 tables.  I was very happy to have found this place and highly recommend it .

    thumb Maria D.
  •   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!!! 🙂

    thumb Bree B.
  •   Cafe Italia really has what you would call old school charm! It's not much to look at from the outside (obviously located in one of Florida's Endless strip malls) but it's what's inside that counts!

    We randomly decided to check out Fabio, the Venician wine bar, but they had stopped serving food so we walked next door and low and behold we found something excellent.

    Francesco, the owner introduced himself at the door with his charming Italian accent and gave us a few recommendations.  I ordered the penne with shrimp and broccoli and my bf ordered the veal Marsala. Both of our dishes were outstanding and so flavorful. The prices were also very reasonable and our server was very friendly and accommodating. The ambiance was also very minimalistic, but charming and there was even a live piano player.

    Cafe Italia is my new neighborhood Italian go-to!

    thumb Lindsay Y.
  •   I absolutely love this restaurant I love that is family owned the wife cooks and the husband is at the door to always greet you. Authentic Italian food homemade you will never get going here for a great meal

    thumb Barb T.
  •   Wow! What a surprise! I swear I thought it was closed because of no signage and the fact it is directly next door to another Italian restaurant-

    Upon arrival, the owner, a 84 year old gentleman with a bum hip greeted with a smile and authentic accent.  The place is sparse but clean, and the menu with prices from a bygone era was filled with Italian favorites!

    Delicious bread, olives and Italian cheese wa 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 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 right on US1 just north of Oakland!


    thumb Mike R.

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

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!

Read some reviews left by our diners

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