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Reviewed April 22, 2022 via mobile

We love this place , every time we visit from NY we stop in to have our dinner here. Been going there since 2017! The food is always on point , delicious. Emmanuel is our favorite Italian waiter, he knows what we like to eat...and is very attentive. We love the Tuesday wine specials. See you in July our friends.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 28, 2022 via mobile

Excellent evening with our family while on vacation. Our waitress Alexa helped us navigate our meal and everyone had a wonderful time. Delicious salads, pasta, desserts. Don’t miss the hazelnut cake!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 9, 2022 via mobile

Very sad to see the decline they used to be a neighborhood gem but they’ve been opening a number of other restaurants in the neighborhood and clearly have moved their management team away from this location. So sad to see another great spot fall victim...to horrible wait staff and oversight. Too many items went wrong, but summing it up, orders not put in, two hours for food to arrive, and then the orders did not arrive at table leaving one diner without a meal, did not replace utensils had to ask buss person for the fork, and then the food delivered was WRONG!, rude waiter, had to find manager, no follow up. 2 hours and 40 min from seating to check.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed January 1, 2022

Very nice restaurant on Oakland Blvd! The bar is small but we sat there as we didn’t want a full dinner after a day spent in Miami (which always involves eating). I really liked the décor, very warm, it makes you feel relaxed as soon...as you get in. We had the zucchini flowers, very good and creamy and I had a very good Veal Ossobuco; that is an appetizer, but it’s a decent portion and it was super tender. My wife went with the tripes: I tried them and they were okay. Anthony, who apparently is normally not the bartender, but works at tables, provided probably one of the best Negroni cocktail I had in 22 years of Florida: perfect balance and strong to the right point. Also my wife’s cocktail was good, a Dolce Pomegranate, that I thought would have been much sweeter than it actually was. Really enjoy this spot and we ended up spending almost 2 hours at the bar. I look forward to go back for an actual dinner or lunch; it’s definitely in my list.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 29, 2021

We stopped here last week at night for just “a last drink and a bite” on our way home (in WPB) from a day trip in Miami. The restaurant is located in strip mall, facing a busy and loud major street, but the inside of...the restaurant has a very cozy ambience and is decorated to match a real Italian trattoria. The restaurant was full when we arrived, inside and even outside where they have a few tables close to the street (also a detail that reminds you of the setting of Italian trattorias in the cities). Luckily for us, their relatively small bar was empty, and… they still had HH! This is one of the rare restaurants offering HH every day of the week from 4pm to 10 pm (or 10:30pm on Fri and Sat). We drank a Negroni and a Dolce Pomagrante (which is likely misspelled for pomegranate), both were only $11.00 in HH. Our bartender was Anthony and he sure knows how to prepare great cocktails: they were both very good and strong (the Negroni was definitely the best I had in South FL so far). While waiting for the bites, we had some bread with olive oil with pepperoncino (spicy pepper), which they make there and was very good and hot. We then shared and enjoyed very much the Zucchini flowers and the Veal ossobuco with saffron risotto; I also tried the Tuscany tripe (which I don’t find very often, and it’s a food that reminds me of my childhood in Italy). All bites were just $ 6 in HH, but we also checked their regular prices and they are very affordable as well. One challenge there can be the parking: you will find some spots because the strip is very long, but weird thing is that for all parking spots on the side of the buildings you will need to pay (24/7). However if you find a spot on the side on Oakland Blvd, then they are free. Free parking or not: we will definitely return!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 17, 2021 via mobile

We selected this restaurant for our anniversary celebration after reviewing best options on TA. We were overwhelmed by this special place. The authentic decor, background music and welcoming staff was truly outstanding. Our waitress, the delightful Vira was wonderful. She and her colleagues helped to...make our special occasion very special. On Tuesdays bottles of wine are half price, so that helped our level of enjoyment. The menu was very varied with plenty of quality vegetarian choices on offer. I cannot overstate my heartfelt recommendation to anyone in FL looking for an authentic and high-quality Italian restaurant. Thank you for making our evening so memorable.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 7, 2021

Someone told us about this restaurant and we were in Ft Lauderdale for theater and decided to try it. Sat outside, inside is large and very noisy. They serve excellent ciabatta bread to start. My wife tried the soup of the day, Pumpkin, very good....For mains, i ordered the LOBSTER CARTOCCIO , linguine with a lobster tail, shrimp, clams, and scungilli with a red or white sauce. Comes out wrapped in foil in a cooking pan where the server cuts it and empties it onto the pan. It was very good and lots of flavor. Just 1 shrimp and 4 or 5 middleneck clams. My wife tried the FLOCCHETI DI PERA , hand made pasta purse filled fesh pear and 4 different chesses, also very good. For dessert, we had the chocolate cake , superb. Service is delightful with engaging female servers. They state all of their pastas, sauces, bread, and desserts are made in house every day. Definitely a very Italian worth trying.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed September 24, 2021 via mobile

Terribly disappointing as this is a restaurant we frequent because it used to be a neighborhood gem. I believe they just opened their new restaurant Fish And Bubbles and either they are paying more attention to that because our meal tonight was just mediocre at...best. The Tuscan steak was a piece of shoe leather and it was served extra rare when we ordered a medium rare. The highlight was Monica as she was a wonderful server and had nothing to do with the food. Totally totally disappointing tonight. The short rib ravioli was gummy and extremely unsatisfying. Just can’t believe the difference a couple of months makes. Absolutely terrible experience. Will take a lot to get us back and we are locals in the neighborhoodMore

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed June 24, 2021 via mobile

Manuele was our server. He was amazing and helpful when it came to recommendations. We ordered the charcuterie and artichokes for appetizers which were amazing. They had gluten free pasta which made it possible to have the Ragu Della Nonna. Dessert was limited to gelato...with espresso but it was the perfect ending. The limoncello fresco was a delicious drink. Hands down the best meal on our trip to FLL.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 12, 2021 via mobile

The food at this restaurant is pretty incredible. We come every time we visit Ft. Lauderdale which is a couple of times each year. But the knock I have is always the service. This could be a 5-star place, and the food is 5-stars. But...there are too many distractions - like three TV displays with different shows always in sight. And then tonight for the first time they had “live music” which was really more like a karaoke band playing the worst song list of wimp pop songs I’ve ever heard and it was made even worse by the tone deaf singer. This is a terrible decision - this place is too small, and the singing and sound were BRUTAL. Get rid of the band - they are awful and unnecessary. Also, there was a hair in the bruschetta. And my wine wasn’t very good either. Maybe I should give it three stars for this visit but the food really is so good I will keep it at 4. Even with the hair.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 4, 2021

Met some friends here for happy hour last night and was blown away. The owner is approachable, the bartender was fantastic, the food runner was high energy (had a smile on his face the entire time) and the food was SUPERB. My only wish is...that I had found this place sooner My new favorite Italian restaurant in Broward countyMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 9, 2021 via mobile

Thank you to our server Monica and the service staff and kitchen for a special meal with my mom. You guys were awesome. But as I suggested to owner, hostess Paula has to change her delivery of customer service, she is too dry and not...so pleasant, and its not the image of a good restaurant you should leave with. Hopefully that change can happen for the positive. No business needs the wrong front person describing their image. Then, to top it off, when we were finished with meal, waiting for final check, the same hostess, Paula, came to our table, we thought she maybe trying to chanfe our perception, instead she proceeded to insult us by telling us she was going to be needing our table soon. So while waiting for a $400 meal bill, she made us unwelcome again. Would love to see this wonderful restaurant train front personnel to be customer service oriented and protect business image.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 7, 2021 via mobile

Our friend recommended trying Dal Contadino for its fantastic cuisine and authentic Italian flare, boy are we thrilled to have experienced this great hidden gem! The happy hour from 4-6pm in the bar area was a great surprise! The tapas choices were just amazing! The...grilled calamari, meatballs, grilled artichokes, AND the handmade pursed pasta filled with pear in a Gorgonzola cheese was EXCELLENT! We also had the mussels and Burrata with beefsteak tomatoes, which were equally delicious! The bartender (Sara) was amazing and guided us with our choices! Everything on their menu is to die for! It’s a small quaint restaurant with tons of charm and character. We will be returning Thursday for their pizza night! We love this restaurant and will make it our weekly dining stop! Can’t wait to return! Amazing!!!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed February 27, 2021 via mobile

Favorite Italian place in Florida. Delicious homemade food, worm service, great experience. It is not a tourist spot, but it is a hidden gem!

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 14, 2021 via mobile

I’m trying to stay low carb and that can be difficult for lunch at an Italian Restaurant. They had a few options so that is good. Sunday after church is the hardest for me to stick to my eating plan. I ordered the ribeye, charred...on the outside and medium on the inside. It was cooked perfectly. The vegetables were asparagus and marinated artichokes and they had a good taste. We tried the bread because all the breads are homemade. I had just a little piece so that I could see the flavor. Many times the bread of a place tells you the vibe for the restaurant. The homemade bread was very good. However, I prefer butter with my bread and they had no butter. Also the waitress told me they don’t do substitutions with the entrées. Other than those two negative things the rest was all positive. The service was good. One of the servers there made sure that my water glass was always filled up. She was just so sweet. We ate outside and it was well shaded. That’s a good thing to know if you’re in 80° weather. I would definitely go back again. We made an open table reservation so we didn’t have to worry about seating being available.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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They do have a full bar. I also suggest you try their happy hour for great prices on beverages and some outstanding small bites ( small osso buco for $8)
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Dal Contadino Trattoria is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4