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 .
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
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
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!
Will never return. Made a 7 p.m reservation on January 8 ,2022 for 2 ppl.
When we arrived there were only tables outside (very windy) and 1 table inside by the front door - which was opening every few minutes. We had specified inside only table. We sat down at the only table by the door that was available after being told a 30 minute wait. - what is the purpose of a reservation ? We were on-time. Got up and left - went next door to Valle La Cucina - had a great dinner with great service and our choice of table. By the way - they were busy beginning 7:30. It all worked out and we'll go back to our new find.
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