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3471 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306-1019
+1 954-561-3900
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Ranked #144 of 1,134 Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Price range: $12 - $35
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Private Dining
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Dining options: Reservations, Private Dining
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  • English first
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English first
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

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
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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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186 reviews 186 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW 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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99 reviews 99 reviews
82 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
228 helpful votes 228 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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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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