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3471 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306-1019
+1 954-561-3900
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English first
Florida, usa
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91 reviews 91 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Always slow service but very caring. Owner Francesco presides over his domain and will tell you what you should and shouldn't order on his menu. Food is consistent and good Carbonara is Italian Soul Food

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cincinnati, oh
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Had been wanting to try this place for a while since our Italian friend recommended it, but was concerned with all the bad reviews on this page, though people on Tripadvisor seem to love it......so we finally decided to try it! What it is : soulful, home cooking from the Italian grandparents you've never had! It's hearty, rustic and tasty... More 

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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The food was excellent, I had snapper and it was delicious, wife had shrimp pasta and she raved about it. Generous portions made this very good value for money. Downside is the premise are tired and dated. But we went for the food, not the setting, and we will return.

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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97 reviews 97 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

On the way to to the airport some friends invited me to dinner at this very nice restaurant. I had the Chilean Sea Bass which was outstanding. One of my friends was a friend of the the owner so he sat with us to join the fun even though the place was crowded. The owner suggested the wine for our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We went to the Cafe Italian on a recommendation from friends who own another restaurant in Ft Lauderdale. They said the excellent food quality and atmosphere would truly be an authentic Italian experience. This turned out to be a great experience! We walked in an there was a lady playing the piano with soothing dinner music. The place was tastefully... More 

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Ocean Ridge, Florida
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41 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We heard about Cafe Italia from a friend who said it has been in business for 22 years serving old time Italian food. We had dinner there twice and I must admit it reminded me of my younger days in Chicago having dinner in the old neighborhood, small restaurants with the owner walking around making sure everything is going well.... More 

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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

My wife, cousins and I had a wonderful meal in this Fort Lauderdale restaurant that is tucked in a shopping center on federal Highway. We all had good quality wine at a very reasonable price. Then we had salads--again at a very good price. The veal dish I had was very tasty as was the pasta I also had. Very... More 

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Alliston, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

This little place,in a strip mall, would be missed if you weren't looking for it. Nothing fancy about the place but the food is cooked with real Italian heart. The owner goes from table to table, chatting and offering suggestions on the best pick for the evening. I am gluten free and they made me some amazing gluten free pasta.... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We have eaten here twice. The owner, as I understand it does most of the cooking. It is a family operation. The place is small, the staff is friendly, the food is well like my Aunt Molly made it. Aunt Molly was a great cook. We had one quiet low keyed family dinner and the the Christmas Eve Feast of... More 

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Rome, Italy
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70 reviews 70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

As an italian, when I'm abroad, I usually don't go in italian restaurants: too often there is nothing except the name! However, I was brought here by somebody that knows the place from many years now and though reluctant, I tried it. What I can say is "You'll find exactly what You can find in a typical italian kitchen and... More 

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Additional Information about cafe italia

Address: 3471 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306-1019
Phone Number: +1 954-561-3900
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Fort Lauderdale
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 12 - 35

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