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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: Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations

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  • 23
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  • 15
    Very good
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Italian in Ft. lauderdale

Spectacular Italian cuisine in a tasteful, white tablecloth setting. Intimate and quiet, this is really a find. Enjoyed perfectly prepared sea bass and companion had an excellent veal dish. Amazing sauces. House wine was reasonable and nice. Looking forward to returning soon for pasta dishes.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
kevinbernardi
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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40 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Spectacular Italian cuisine in a tasteful, white tablecloth setting. Intimate and quiet, this is really a find. Enjoyed perfectly prepared sea bass and companion had an excellent veal dish. Amazing sauces. House wine was reasonable and nice. Looking forward to returning soon for pasta dishes.

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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

An unexpected little piece of pleasure. Though set in a multiuse building that lacked a bit of ambience, the food was excellent. Enough to choose from, enough on your plate, yummy bread, good wine. the only surprise was that they didn't have cannolis Waitstaff very pleasant, informative of food items, and attentive. We used a "groupon" that made it even... More 

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Middletown, New York
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192 reviews 192 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This is another Italian restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. In order to enjoy the food you must first find the restaurant. It is on Federal Highway just south of Mai Kai on the west side of the road. For a couple of years we have wanted to stop and eat at Cafe Italia but always forget about it until we arrived... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I've now been here twice. Recent visit was Good Friday. Extensive food and wine menu. We started off with the Zuppa mussels and clams. A nice and spicy red sauce with an abundance of seafood. Yes you must soak up that zesty sauce with that hot bread they serve. ( 2 baskets of bread cosumed, yummy.) We chose a couple... More 

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Coral Springs, Florida
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622 reviews 622 reviews
336 restaurant reviews
243 helpful votes 243 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Cafe Italia is Italian, Francesco has been open 20 years, Valerie recently changed a couple of things. It still seats 50, but the tables are linen covered. The walls were painted; the same color.. Contemporary round chandeliers added. There is an old table added on one corner wall, it has Lapis old family photographs. Now, I am an early bird,... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Just had dinner at this small Italian gem of a restaurant. Food was fresh and delicious. We had the caprice salad which was big enough for 4. Fish was very fresh. Veal Marsala delish! Owner so friendly and welcoming. Don't miss it!

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springfield,ma
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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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
  • Cuisine: Italian
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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