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Four of us came to Fort Lauderdale for a week to escape the cold and snow. Early on in the trip, we decided we wanted some Italian food and decided to try Cafe Italia. To say that we enjoyed our meals is an understatement. We have never had Italian food that tasted as good in any restaurant ever. Two of us grew up in Italian homes, and the food, and atmosphere, reminded us of our cherished family and the wonderful meals we shared. We already made a return visit and plan to go one more time before we leave. Try anything on the menu. You will not be disappointed.
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.
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!
This is as authentic as you will find on the east side of Ft. Laud. We've been to Italy and dining here brings us back to the scrumptious flavors & memories found in the simplicity of each dish. From the moment we step foot, the owners treat us like one of the family greeting us with bright smiles. Each meal includes rustic bread just like in Italy that cannot be found at any other restaurant in Ft. Laud. Pick the house red wine (just like in Italy!) that is reasonably priced, and you cannot go wrong with any menu item from fish, pasta, and all the other options so reasonably priced and clearly made with love by the owner. From beginning to end that may feature limoncello dessert or ricotta cheese cake or strawberry gelato, you will feel lucky to have found your new favorite Italian restaurant. No other compares to price, quality and feel.
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 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!