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!
If you like authentic Italian pasta and food you are in the right place. We had an antipasti and since it was not mentioned on the menu we asked if we could get a Carpaccio. The Waitress said I will ask the Chef and when she came back it was acknowledged that the Chef was willing to make it for us. All tasted great and freshly made. Dinner was perfectly seared sea bass, fillet Mignon in pepper saus again on request since my wife does not like mushrooms. Freshly made Parpadella pasta with shrimps and spaghetti Carbonara. We enjoyed this dinner very much and the owner and his wife thanked us when we left. We will be back
My wife and I had discussed going here for some time and we finally made it. It's a nice little place and the staff was very friendly.
I'll start by saying my Zuppa Di pesce was very good and the pasta was cooked perfect. Unfortunately that's the only good thing I can say.
It was nice that they served sliced bread. It would have been even nicer if it was fresh and even nicer if we didn't have to worry about pulling a tooth out pulling at the bread.
The calamari appetizer was a small portion for the money and sadly was very bland. Not much flavor at all.
My wife had the lasagna Bolognese. Very nice portion, but not very nice food. The dish was definitely not fresh. The noodles were very mushy, almost pasty and everything about it reminded us of reheated leftovers.
Perhaps if I drank more it would have been better, but I couldn't even do that. They did not serve Pinot noir wine and the other wines were ok at best. We each had one glass of an unknown pinot Grigio which was only worth having one glass.
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.
Excellent restaurant! My boyfriend and I got the filet mignon. It was better than any steakhouse! Large steak cooked to perfection with amazing flavor. To start, they gave us baskets of bread and olives with cheese. The bread was so good I couldn't stop eating it.
My parents had the lasagna and devoured it! My mom says it was one of the best lasagnas she's ever eaten.
The staff was very friendly and efficient. The owner greeted us at the door and was very welcoming.
The bathrooms were very very clean.
The prices are very good.
All meals made when ordered which we really appreciate.
My family and I will definitely be back!
Food was well prepared and delicious. Service was very lacking. Wait staff needs basic training in how to serve and treat customers .Went for dinner and the restaurant was not crowded. The food was brought to the table in a timely manner. The waiter did not come back to the table to ask if we were enjoying our meal. When we finished our meal he came to ask if we wanted dessert. We placed the order for dessert and coffee. To my utter dismay and shock he brings the dessert and was about to place it in the dirty fish and pasta dishes .THE TABLE WAS NOT CLEARED OF DISHES !!!!!!!! .The entree and pasta dishes along with dirty flat wear and bread basket was still on the table .WHO DOES THIS???????? I had to instruct him to clear table of dishes etc. before placing dessert and espresso on the table.
What a tragedy. I had to give this restaurant 5 stars because the preparation of the food was excellent. But PLEASE TRAIN YOU STAFF in rudimentary table service.Always clear the table before bringing the next course.Please next customer will not be as forgiving and will give you one star instead of the five stars you deserve
My husband and I were looking to find a quiet little, family run, Italian restaurant for dinner. When we walked in, there were plenty of tables with white linens, and even a baby grand piano in the corner.
The menu was lovely with all our favorites and much more. The food was delicious! Grouper with tomatoes, onions and olives, cooked to perfection! My husband had the spaghetti with lamb meatballs, all amazing!
The only unfortunate part for us was when the establishment ordered the large screen television turned on, along with the existing overhead music, then he added a phone playing a tv show with more loud music. It was overwhelming and my husband thought it to be rude. We deliberately avoided some of the more popular Italian spots due to the loud noise, televisions and difficulty in having a conversation during dinner.
Food and service and pricing was amazing, sensory overload not so much.
The real test of a small restaurant is when a large party is to be served. As a group of 12, we were amazed at the quality of the food... read more and the excellence of the service. One of us had the snapper topped with mushrooms and tomatoes. The fish was cooked to the correct temperature and doneness, and the sauce/topping was light but flavorful. Another had the papperdella - wide pasta with a full-bodied but not overwhelming mushroom sauce. The mozzarella and tomato salad was perfect - the cheese was fresh with the buffalo type taste, and the tomatoes were flavorful and vine ripened. The homemade bread was excellent as well. Equally as important, each guest was made to feel as if they were individually important, and the service for the large party made it seem like each guest was an individual. This is a real hidden gem.
We celebrated my nieces 17th birthday here and were blown away by the quality of food, service, and overall hospitality shown by not only the owners Francesco&Valerie but the entire... read more staff please do yourself a favor and visit here while your in the area
Wife and I both liked our dishes. Can’t say it was the best carbonara I ever had, but it filled me. Slow enough service that it seemed food was made... read more fresh. Wish we had been hungry enough to order an appetizer!
Been in FLL for years and have never stopped in and we finally did last night for dinner. What a treat! We found our new Italian favorite! With little touches... read more like the owner coming around to introduce himself and seeing the regulars talk, laugh and just enjoy life made us fall in love with this place. A great menu with something for everyone. Great priced wine and absolutely delicious food, we will be coming back again and again! We felt so welcome here! Must give a shout out to our waitress who never stopped from beginning to end. A piece of Italy right in the heart of Fort Lauderdale!
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 dishes. Owner Francesco has been greeting guests here for over 25 years. It's a small family operated restaurant where you can hear Italian spoken and all dishes are made to order.
Word of mouth is how we learned about the place which is located on the ground floor of an office building. We were seated immediately and presented with a plate of excellent cheese and olives and outstanding fresh baked Italian style bread. The menu is somewhat limited with emphasis on pasta and seafood. I chose the veal Marsala dish and a side of angel hair pasta with garlic & olive oil. Very high quality, perfectly prepared veal and excellent pasta. My dining mate chose the pasta and shrimp served with a side salad. Wine by the glass is priced at $6 per. Total tab was $65 which was more then fair considering the quality of the ingredients. Thank you for an excellent dining experience!
Complimentary Pasta and Faggioli Antipasto. Valid through January 18th. Present to staff for a Free Pasta and Faggioi. Dismiss