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Tuscan, Central-Italian, Northern-Italian, Southern-Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed October 30, 2021

The real test of a small restaurant is when a large party is to be served. As a group of 12, we were amazed at the quality of the food and the excellence of the service. One of us had the snapper topped with mushrooms...and tomatoes. The fish was cooked to the correct temperature and doneness, and the sauce/topping was light but flavorful. Another had the papperdella - wide pasta with a full-bodied but not overwhelming mushroom sauce. The mozzarella and tomato salad was perfect - the cheese was fresh with the buffalo type taste, and the tomatoes were flavorful and vine ripened. The homemade bread was excellent as well. Equally as important, each guest was made to feel as if they were individually important, and the service for the large party made it seem like each guest was an individual. This is a real hidden gem.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed July 23, 2021 via mobile

We celebrated my nieces 17th birthday here and were blown away by the quality of food, service, and overall hospitality shown by not only the owners Francesco&Valerie but the entire staff please do yourself a favor and visit here while your in the area

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed May 28, 2021 via mobile

Wife and I both liked our dishes. Can’t say it was the best carbonara I ever had, but it filled me. Slow enough service that it seemed food was made fresh. Wish we had been hungry enough to order an appetizer!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 21, 2021 via mobile

Been in FLL for years and have never stopped in and we finally did last night for dinner. What a treat! We found our new Italian favorite! With little touches like the owner coming around to introduce himself and seeing the regulars talk, laugh and...just enjoy life made us fall in love with this place. A great menu with something for everyone. Great priced wine and absolutely delicious food, we will be coming back again and again! We felt so welcome here! Must give a shout out to our waitress who never stopped from beginning to end. A piece of Italy right in the heart of Fort Lauderdale!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed August 14, 2019

With its friendly, attentive staff and a nice, reasonably priced wine selection, Café Italia is a neighborhood Italian restaurant that will win you over with its high quality, well prepared dishes. Owner Francesco has been greeting guests here for over 25 years. It's a small...family operated restaurant where you can hear Italian spoken and all dishes are made to order. Word of mouth is how we learned about the place which is located on the ground floor of an office building. We were seated immediately and presented with a plate of excellent cheese and olives and outstanding fresh baked Italian style bread. The menu is somewhat limited with emphasis on pasta and seafood. I chose the veal Marsala dish and a side of angel hair pasta with garlic & olive oil. Very high quality, perfectly prepared veal and excellent pasta. My dining mate chose the pasta and shrimp served with a side salad. Wine by the glass is priced at $6 per. Total tab was $65 which was more then fair considering the quality of the ingredients. Thank you for an excellent dining experience!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 13, 2019

We were the first ones to arrive on a Saturday and when we left the place was very busy. They cook to order and the only waitress was kept busy that night. The bread olives and cheese was delicious. The owner was visible and spent...time talking to all his customers. My table had: LAMB MEATBALL RAGU OVER CHITARRA SPAGHETTI; SALMON; YELLOWTAIL SNAPPER; VEAL SALTIMBOCCA . All was delicious We did ask for dessert and they did not have any tiramisu and we had to send back our coffee because it was cold. The only problem we had was we purchased 75 for $100 Deal at Cafe Italia Fort Lauderdale Italian Restaurant You get a voucher redeemable for $100 at Cafe Italia Fort Lauderdale Italian Restaurant. Limit 1 voucher(s) per table. and they did not understand what to do with it. They took our redemption number and phone number to call if there was a problem. HIghly recommend this place! Will try to go during the week or when they first open on a Saturday again! Our new Italian restaurant!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 7, 2019

The owners/chef couple take pride in the food and service they provide. Food is authentic, very tasty. Love the bread and olive. Every pasta dishes we ordered was outstanding. Food is not salty or overly greasy. The husband owner stopped by almost every table to...chat with the customers and asked them if they liked the food. Very warm and friendly. The prices are very reasonable. Skip the big chains or the fancy new restaurants in town and go to Cafe Italia. You will not be disappointed.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 2, 2019

This was an Italian joint with a big menu. We didn't get a chance to try their pizza but it looked to this former NYer to be the real deal. The parmigiana was excellent and they poured generously on the house wine. They had live...music upstairs when we were dining downstairs. It sounded as if conversation would have been tough if we were any closer. Staff was friendly and helpful.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed May 7, 2019

You want real Italian food? this is it! Owners are the chefs and the food, wine and service were outstanding. great pasta, veal, meat and seafood dishes with a wide variety of choices to please any palate. Dishes are more than ample - we usually...wind up taking a dogie bag home for a second meal later on!More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed April 8, 2019

Not bad at all. Warm bread served with olives and olive oil (Bread from Gran Forno, I believe) started us off. Nice glass of cabernet at 6 seemed like good value, and I had veal masala, and a marinara pasta which was really good. Friends...had an eggplant parm (tasty but apparently not quite hot enough - although why they didn't ask the server to please ask for it to be made warmer I don't know). Another companion had pasta with shrimp, clams, and scallops, which I have to say looked amazing, but he found a little bland. I tasted it and liked it, but I'll admit the sauce was pretty watery. Flavourful though. All in all, a very good Italian restaurant at very reasonable prices. It's been here a long time. "Capo" was at a table near the door and looked like he'd been there for 40 years. Looked like a good natured and friendly guy...and there are many pics of him and his resto from years gone by.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed January 28, 2019

This restaurant is amazing. The food is just perfect. The owner is there with you while you dine and is very friendly. He's been running restaurants for longer than I've been alive.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Dinner for 8. Impeccable service, wonderful menu and wine list. Reasonably priced. Great value. Wonderful atmosphere with Pavarotti and in the background.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

This is very popular restaurant with locals. Very good, solid food. Service was okey but need improvement. My only complaint it was very , very cold inside.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed with my lovely family in a good italian restaurant The quality was excellent, the Waiter was very kind. I liked my linguine with shrimps and clams , was delicious! Also my Family enjoyed the food. The prices were affordable. I recommend this Restaurant!

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

Food great, wine prices reasonable both by the glass or bottle. Owned by a husband and wife team, this is place is a treat. Bread is amazing, pasta cooked perfectly, and all dishes are finger licking GREAT. Husband runs the front, his wife is at...the stove making meals to make you want to come back for more. Reservation is suggested on the weekends. Free parking in the adjacent lot. Credit cards accepted.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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