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3471 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306-1019
+1 954-561-3900
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Private Dining
Good for:
Reservations
Private Dining

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A great Italian meal at a great price

Had dinner there weds 2/4/15. We were greeted by Owner at the door and seated quickly , table for 4. Waitress came shortly and took our order , got a great bottle of wine for under 30 , bread was hot and fresh , service was great and our meals were so delicious , I had risotto and my wife... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
roncatonca
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springfield,ma
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  • Reservations
  • Private Dining
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34 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
springfield,ma
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Had dinner there weds 2/4/15. We were greeted by Owner at the door and seated quickly , table for 4. Waitress came shortly and took our order , got a great bottle of wine for under 30 , bread was hot and fresh , service was great and our meals were so delicious , I had risotto and my wife... More 

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Alliston, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We come here each year we are in Fort Lauderdale and always have an incredible, very inexpensive meal. You can't beat the quality and freshness of the food. It isn't all that fancy but it feels like coming home for dinner and the owner wanders from table to table ensuring you have everything you need. His wife is the one... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Doesn't seem like much from the outside or location, so don't judge it off of that! I most recently got back from Italy and this was the first Italian meal I have had since being back and honestly it tasted like I never left Italy. The food is incredible. The setting is very intimate. Service isn't quick, but it's very... More 

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New York
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82 reviews 82 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I have eaten here a number of times and have never been disappointed. The owner watches over every table and his wife supervises the kitchen. She works harder the he does! Her food is top notch and how so many crummy restaurants could be rated higher is beyond my understanding.If in Lauderdale do yourself a favor and eat here.

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Conway, South Carolina
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188 reviews 188 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

I lived in Italy for five years so I have to admit that I am picky when it comes to Italian food. This is a lovely little Italian restaurant right next to a big Japanese restaurant. On the other side is another Italian restaurant. So, there's a lot of competition. This is an unassuming, wholesome Italian restaurant. The food is... More 

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Florida, usa
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100 reviews 100 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 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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exuma
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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
230 helpful votes 230 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3471 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306-1019
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Fort Lauderdale
  • Phone Number: +1 954-561-3900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 35
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?