Italian Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale

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“Upscale dining at neighborhood prices,” with a full dinner menu of creatively prepared entrees, appetizers and bar favorites. Guests are greeted with an elegant, warm decor created by dark, exotic woods, a soothing color palette with soft lighting and a dramatic water feature. An expansive bar offers the perfect location

2761 E Oakland Park Blvd
Fort Lauderdale,
FL
US

The chefs at Ciao Pasta enlist farmers'-market ingredients, high-quality meats and seafood, and hand-crafted pasta sauces to create a menu of American and Italian favorites. Like a matronly kindergarten teacher, golden-fried-mozzarella morsels with marinara dipping sauce and loaded nachos piled high with spicy beef or chicken, black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, cheese, and jalapeños, facilitate friendly sharing. Grilled shrimp, creamy house-made alfredo sauce, and fresh basil beckon to forks from atop a throne of bowtie, penne, wheat penne, or linguini pasta, and roast sirloin with grilled onion and mushrooms comforts bellies better than the promise of a new belt. Sips from the full bar’s lineup of bottled beers and drafts—such as Yuengling Lager ($4.70)—complement fare, and wine and specialty cocktails—such as frozen piña coladas and margaritas ($7)—cosset tongues in a frosty finish.

1321 E Commercial Blvd
Oakland Park,
FL
US

Since 1983, the staff at Antonino's Pizzeria & Restaurant has been flipping dough for Floridian pizza lovers alongside a menu of Italian classics. Diners devour discs in delicious diameters from 10" (from $6.99) to 16" (from $12.50), while valiant gobblers who aren't scared of an angle can create Sicilian masterpieces on a 16" by 16" canvas (from $14.25). The house's gourmet pizzas aid decision-making among families where everyone is the patriarch by including classic topping assemblies, such as the margherita ($9.00–$14.75)—made with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and garlic traversing a doughy terrain—and the white pizza ($8.25–$14.75)—uniting ricotta and mozzarella in a public demonstration of cheesy solidarity. Favorite ingredients are enveloped in a nine-inch bread hug on subs, such as the eggplant parmagiana ($5.99) or veal Milanese ($7.20), and dinner entrees, such as sautéed chicken francese ($12.99) and baked eggplant ($12.25), slay hunger abetted by accomplices including spaghetti, soup or salad, garlic rolls, and dinner forks with a grudge against being used for other meals. Lunch, served Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m., includes many of the same pizzas and Italian classics make up the dinner menu. No matter what the meal or occasion, wine ($4.00–$4.99) and sangria ($2.75) give mouths a rouge tint perfect for making kiss prints on love notes or receipts to remember.

15964 West State Road 84
Fort Lauderdale,
FL
US

Sette Bello Ristorante's chef and owner, Franco Filippone, moved with his family from Palermo, Sicily, when his father decided to open a restaurant in upstate New York. There, Franco learned the ins and outs of the industry before eventually setting out to work in upscale restaurant kitchens throughout Fort Lauderdale. Now, at Sette Bello, he's put his eye for detail and impeccable culinary skills to use—and the results have paid off. The spot has been awarded the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences' Five-Star Diamond Award and two awards of excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. Franco has also been named the official celebrity chef for the inaugural The Moody Blues Cruise, and is featured in 2012 America's Top Restaurant Recipes.

Inside the dining room, elegant cream columns uphold arched walls, and caramel-tinted lighting bathes the white-draped tables in a warm glow. The tables are topped with prawns wrapped in pancetta, pan-fried veal chop Milanese, and jumbo shrimp scampi. Bustling between tables, the wait staff tends to diners' needs, whether they'd like their glasses refilled or their beards fluffed. The New Times even dedicated an entire article to the "truly great service" at Sette Bello, writing that, "The servers here are craftsmen in the same way that the restaurant's owner, Franco Filippone, is a chef."

6241 N Federal Hwy.
Fort Lauderdale,
FL
US

In Grande Pizza's stop-motion commercial, a sorcerous chef?s apprentice gives life to an army of tiny dough men. Rather than do his bidding, the dough men combine to form a towering monster. The door swings open, and a valiant executive chef appears. With a flick of the finger, he transforms the beast into a tasty pizza, eternally condemned to a pizza-box prison. All is right with the world.

It's this appreciation for irreverence and experimentation that has helped the Grande Pizza locations spread across Florida. Ovens in their shops spill scents of steam-laden pastas and hot subs with saut?ed turkey or sausage. Of course, Grande's pizza is the hub around which the menu revolves. Fistfuls of Grande cheese spread across a warm topography of ladled marinara, with some accented by Boar's Head meats. Chefs then scatter on toppings, such as mushrooms and ham, as well as pineapple and feta cheese. Additionally, fresh ingredients anchor recipes of homemade soups, lasagna, sauces, and pizza dough.

959 E Cypress Creek Rd.
Fort Lauderdale,
FL
US

In Grande Pizza's stop-motion commercial, a sorcerous chef?s apprentice gives life to an army of tiny dough men. Rather than do his bidding, the dough men combine to form a towering monster. The door swings open, and a valiant executive chef appears. With a flick of the finger, he transforms the beast into a tasty pizza, eternally condemned to a pizza-box prison. All is right with the world.

It's this appreciation for irreverence and experimentation that has helped the Grande Pizza locations spread across Florida. Ovens in their shops spill scents of steam-laden pastas and hot subs with saut?ed turkey or sausage. Of course, Grande's pizza is the hub around which the menu revolves. Fistfuls of Grande cheese spread across a warm topography of ladled marinara, with some accented by Boar's Head meats. Chefs then scatter on toppings, such as mushrooms and ham, as well as pineapple and feta cheese. Additionally, fresh ingredients anchor recipes of homemade soups, lasagna, sauces, and pizza dough.

8371 W Sunrise Blvd
Plantation,
FL
US