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“Do You Like Garlic?”
Review of Il Mulino

Il Mulino
Ranked #53 of 1,366 Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed February 9, 2013

There used to be a local restaurant up in New York, near where I live, that brought a roasted or baked garlic bulb to the table, to eat with the bread. It was the only reason I went there. The rest of the experience was just average.

Il Mulino's version of Garlic Bread is not bread with a little bit of garlic butter and salt on it, as it is usually found in restaurants. The garlic was on the side, in a large dish, a massive amount of garlic to slather over the bread. The term "garlic bread" now has a new meaning for me. We asked for half garlic and half plain bread (I think the nursing mother with us didn't want to consume a lot of garlic), and maybe the server was supposed to dish out the garlic over the bread, but we got ours on the side, and I had a very good time apportioning mine on my bread. A most garlicky experience.

After garlic, there was food. Soup was good, salads looked adequate, and my fish (grouper) was good. (My wife didn't care for hers, everybody else cleaned their plates). One vegetarian member of the party had the eggplant parm; she was very happy. Everything is served with sides of spaghetti. I never touch the stuff, and I asked, reluctantly, for vegetables instead. I was reluctant only because you never know what you are going to get when you start asking for vegetable sides. The results aren't always pleasant.

But in this case, I got a beautiful plate of fish with perfectly cooked broccoli, with a little bit of butter or something on it making it quite tasty. There was plenty of it to fill up on. My only starch indulgence for the meal was the piece of bread with all the garlic!

Desert. Somehow it was decided to order a single cannoli for desert and 4 forks. On the menu it says "cannolo" and when I inquired if that was the same thing as a cannoli, I was told it was the proper Italian word for a singular (one) cannoli. Well I didn't count on more than a mouthful after that from our singular cannolo, but it was quite large, and very tasty, more cheesy and less sweet than I remember from my childhood.

Service. We walked in on Saturday night without a reservation and were seated in less than 30 minutes, probably closer to 20. The decor is very plain and uninteresting. The place was really noisy. The food came in a reasonable period of time, and I had no complaints. Our server Penelope had just a little bit of attitude and personality, not too much, and seemed like a veteran of the Saturday night dining wars. On Saturday night, at least, this is not the place to go to have an intimate detailed conversation with your friends, unless you are very young and your hearing is very good.

I do think the place carries a patronage of both tourists and locals. Like most restaurants, your experience will be better on any night but Saturday. Meal was about $100 for 4 people before the tip, with only soft drinks, no alcohol.

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Just give me those great garlic rolls & dessert & I'll be happy to take my main course home. Best Aillis anywhere.

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Thank Norm W
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

A charming old world feel, yet not fussy and pretentious. The garlic rolls are yummy and a must have. We have been dining here for 2 decades, seen all the changes and still are weekly patrons. The food is very good with the eggplant parm being the standout . We are so very disappointed that the establishment has chosen to let go the shining star , Keri. She greeted all by name with a professional flare and her smile was such a welcomed addition to the dining experience. Perhaps they should rethink that decision with so many other Italian choices in Ft Lauderdale

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Thank Lake1957
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

My husband and I dine here at least twice a month. We've found that if you go on the weekends for dinner, the service is very very slow (and I'm not referring to wait times for a table). After the first time we thought it was a fluke, after the second time we were annoyed, and after the third time we decided to either go during the week or no later than 6pm on the weekends.

However, the food is always great! We've tried quite a few things on the menu but always seem to resort to our favorites.

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Thank LP915
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We enjoyed our dinner here. The server was excellent and attentive and the food was good. The location is on Hwy 1 about 2 miles from the beach.

Thank Woozster
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