When Pangaea—the earth's greatest rock supergroup—broke up, many fans blamed it on the high-heeled wiles of Europe's inseparable girlfriend, Italia. Discover a sweeter side to the globe's Yoko with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Café Vico.
Café Vico caters to taste buds with a menu lauded by Miami.com and Inside Fort Lauderdale and an extensive, internationally sourced wine list. Explore the aquatic abyss sans portable gills with the seafood ravioli, stuffed with crabmeat and ricotta ($23.95), or sink land-dwelling chompers into lightly breaded veal chops decorated with cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella ($32.95). Fettuccine alfredo enshrouds frumpy forks with an alluring creamy white pesto sauce that impresses taste bud crowds ($18.95), and the truffle risotto hosts a raucous gathering of mushrooms, asparagus, and white-truffle oil ($23.95). Chase savory bites with worldly wines either by the glass ($7+) or by the bottle ($24+).
Café Vico welcomes patrons with its romantic and spacious dining areas peppered with historic pictures and chandeliers swaying from ceilings painted to resemble the sky, in homage to Italy's famed chandelier storms. An outside patio allows feasters to nosh platters while basking in the warm embrace of naturally lit frondescence.
Guests at Café Vico find themselves dining under the watchful eyes of A-list celebrities, both past and present. That’s because nearly every inch of the eatery’s mustard-yellow walls is covered by black-and-white headshots of such famous faces as Marlon Brando and Michael Caine. These photos, along with a plethora of burnished wooden wine racks and baked terra-cotta floors, flow throughout each of Café Vico’s four dining rooms—the VIP room, the Old room, the Middle room, and the Coliseum room—tying the interior into a cohesive, welcoming space.
Chef and owner Marco Vico only enhances the restaurant’s visual appeal with his authentic, handcrafted Italian dishes and old-school charm—according to South Florida Food and Wine, he kisses the hand of every lady who walks in. The menu coddles sensory receptors with many classic entrees such as eggplant parmesan, veal piccata, and osso buco. Its real draw, however, is the fresh pasta, which the chef cuts into thick strips of fettuccini, round ravioli, or fancy bow ties for his attentive wait staff. An extensive wine list supplements Café Vico’s tasty eats with bottles from around the world and more than 20 varieties available by the glass, and a new bar area features live entertainment nightly.
1125 N Federal Hwy.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304