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“Outstanding food, more than comparable taste and quality to any Italian restaurant in NY” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe La Buca

Cafe La Buca
451 South Cypress Road, Pompano Beach, FL
(954) 786-0673
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Ranked #82 of 301 Restaurants in Pompano Beach
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: "This is a tiny authentic Naples-style italian restaurant with no menu but amazing food. You are asked what you'd like: pasta, meat, or fish. Then they tell you what they have available that night. Reservations are highly recommended. This packs up even in non season. (They close in September to return to visit family in Naples, Italy). Everything you eat there is wonderful! Helped along by the wood oven, homemade pastas, and family loving care to each dish".
Central New Jersey
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Outstanding food, more than comparable taste and quality to any Italian restaurant in NY”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Food was outstanding! No menu. Freshly made pasta, burrata cheese, hot bread, deliciously prepared Bronzino, homemade tiramisu, and even the cappuccino was delicious. Byob. Atmosphere is extremely casual. Closed Sundays. Limited seating; make a reservation!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
ANNAPOLIS, MD
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71 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Wow! What a lovely surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

Have Lived nearby for last several years, but never tried it! Cafe La Buca is delightful....a friend and I walked with with our BYOB wine, our waiter, set up the glasses, opened wine, brought us water at our request and told us about appetizers. He suggested Fresh Mozzarella stuffed with tomatoes and spinach $8.99; Brussels Sprouts sautéed with pancetta topped with Parmesan $6.99 and a Grilled zucchini wrapped around light-as-a-feather ricotta $10.00. All were perfectly prepared, well seasoned and perfect size for two. Great starters with the hot bread.

Our server then told us about the five pastas offered: gnocchi gratin, pasta bolognese, pasta with cherry tomatoes and Burrata, pasta with clams, pappardelle with mushrooms. We ordered two 1/2 orders of the pasta with clams $12.00 and mushroom pappardelle $18.00. The clam was delicately seasoned with lots of ocean flavor and the porcini mushroom pasta was generous with sliced mushrooms, onions, garlic and drizzled with a little truffle oil. Both were perfectly cooked and satisfying. Entrees included a couple steaks ( filet and rib eye), and a branzino in salt crust and snapper in aqua pazza. We decided to pass on main courses because we had eaten enough...but we ordered dessert... A generous serving of homemade tiramisu $9.00 .creamy, eggy, three different types of chocolate..dark milk and cocoa powder...with strong espresso and cappuccino 3.00 and 4.00 respectively. Total bill was $82.66...very reasonable for a high quality meal. Unlike some reviewers, we felt completely in control of how much food came to our table. We look forward to coming back to try main courses, pizzas and additional courses!

Visited March 2014
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Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Sooooo worth it !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Might b best Italian dinner I have had in florida...app of blanched cabbage stuffed w ricotta n brie, seared topped w cabbage n potato puree bacon n finished in oven. .unbelievable. ...riff on braicle...rib eye butterflies stuffed n finished in oven, not rolled n no sauce served on greens delish....awesome linguini n class a perfect 10..... I think they shud upgrade to a linen napkin n glass ware, while they may want to maintain the casual atmosphere ..I think u can make those 2 changes without compromising the "feel" and authentic atmosphere

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Davie, Florida
1 review
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“Fun and delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I love the idea of no menu! I felt like I was at someone's house getting cooked a great meal. Sometimes the best places are small, not fancy and hidden in an unusual location. Can't wait to go back! Highly recommend going and love that you bring your own wine.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Bring your own wine !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

This is as authentic as it gets!
The restaurant, the food and the attitude, perfect combination for a great evening out for dinner.
I love the fact that it's a bring your own wine place but the food is as good as my wife's mother cooking if not better. My favorite is the wild mushroom pasta and her tiramisu is beyond words...
Absolutely need to reserve, and don't be late or exceed the number of people you reserved for , or you will get an ear full...

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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