Departments — 05 October 2013
Critic picks for a LITTLE (or big) TASTE  OF ITALY


Café Vico

1125 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale


The owner himself will greet you at the door of this charming Fort Lauderdale ristorante. Our favorite for quiet romantic dinners.

Casa D’Angelo 

1201 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale


Ask anyone to recommend a terrific Italian restaurant in Broward County and you’ll undoubtedly get pointed to Chef Angelo Elia and Casa D’Angelo. Chef Elia credits recipes handed down from generations of passionate cooks, including his mother, for the success of his expanding restaurant offerings. But Casa D’Angelo in Fort Lauderdale remains the original and our favorite for experiencing the traditional and modern culinary creations of one of the best Italian chefs in South Florida.

Corelli’s Pizza and Pasta

256 Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale


Authentic Italian/American deli, superb wine selection, great for a quick pizza lunch or even a romantic dinner date.

Da Campo Osteria at Il Lugano 

3333 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale


Tableside burrata, an open kitchen and waterway views are but three of the many reasons to enjoy a meal at Da Campo Osteria.

Il Mulino New York at the Aqualina Resort & Spa

17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach


It is worth a drive to the beautiful Aqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach if only to experience the contemporary fine dining that pays tribute to Italy’s tasty Abruzzo region.

La Dolce Vita

3331 NE 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale


Love drew owner and restaurateur Fabio Bruni and his team from their home in Italy’s Abruzzo region to South Florida, and we are very thankful for this. Simple, fresh and 100 percent homemade, it really is the sweet life.

Pan’e Dolci

3341 E. Oakland Park Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale


Also: 613 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale


This is hands-down our favorite Italian bakery around. Now with two locations — a new one on Las Olas — Pan’e Dolci is a must for homemade gelato, mini canolis and delicious custom cakes to suit every occasion. The cappuccinos are quite nice as well.


331 Van Buren St., Hollywood


Don’t let the exterior fool you. Once inside you’ll be welcomed as guests of the Sardelli family, the same name behind successful Hollywood Italian staples – Fulvio’s 1900 and VINO – for over 30 years.

Serafina by the Water 

926 NE 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale


Book a table on the charming deck jutting out amid the boats on the waterfront and, sipping vino over a plate of mussels with Bocelli crooning in the background, you just might mistake your surroundings for a coastal Mediterranean town.


620 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale


Peruse the menu if you must, or sit back, sip some wine and let your server and Chef Giovanni Rocchio suggest the meal. You’re in good hands.

Via Luna at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale

1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale


Beautiful views, a 5,000-bottle wine vault and refined Italian-inspired dishes served at the caliber expected of a Ritz-Carlton property keep Via Luna at the high end of our list of favorite dining destinations.

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