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cafe italia

3471 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306-1019
+1 954-561-3900
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Ranked #182 of 1,101 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Price range: $12 - $35
Dining options: Private Dining
Most recent review
- Mar 25, 2014
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English first
Ocean Ridge, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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herbyale@yahoo.com
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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Parkland, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Surprised this place wasn't busier on a Saturday night. The owner spent some time talking to us, and actually told me he wanted to prepare my swordfish differently than on the menu, and it was a great choice. All in all, it was an enjoyable and tasty dinner, in a friendly and comfortable environment.

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South Florida
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27 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

I have very high standards as people already know. The food here was tasty and good. I ordered fish which was fresh with a side of broccoli. The salad provided was adequate and nothing special. The service was attentive . The restaurant is small and quiet. I went early and I left before any rush hour.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

I heard ravings about this restaurant today from one of the chefs at a Ft Lauderdale eatery that I was dining at this afternoon...I am from New England and very picky with Italian food since I tend to make everything home-made myself. I was very eager to dine at the Italian Cafe this evening with my husband. I checked out... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I would have never know what a gem this restaurant is if someone didn't clue me in about it. A quaint establishment, limited seating but what a payoff. The service and food are both excellent. Make a reservation and try it out you will not be disapointed. The night we were there a woman was playing the piano which only... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

We are locals who have been driving by this restaurant for years. We were put off by the fact it was in a strip mall and seemed a little non descript. How wrong we were, the food, the service and the value were unsurpassed. We will be sure to visit again!

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