(foodofFlorida) – Top 6 Italian Restaurants Ft. Lauderdale
Whether you are of Italian decent, or grew up in New York, and have fond memories of “Little Italy,” or you neighborhood pizzeria, there just seems to have always been something comforting about Italian Food.
So whether it’s “a bottle of red,” or “a bottle of white,” you can make some great “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,” at any of these Top 6 Italian Restaurants in the Ft. Lauderdale Area. (At least one of which Billy Joel himself has been known to stop by!)
- Anthony’s Runway 84
Anthony’s Runway 84 has been an area icon for over 35 years. It’s an authentic “old school” Italian restaurant, where you can expect to hear the velvet sounds of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in the background. The classic Italian dishes will bring you back to Brooklyn or South Philly. Anthony’s in known for a staff with plenty of personality and an unusual “airplane motif” that helps to create an experience, and not just a meal. Regulars say, whether for a special occasion, happy hour business networking or a date night, experience Runway 84 never disappoints.
- Louie Bossi’s
Louie Bossi grew up in an Italian household in New York, and he says he remembers the aromas of roasted garlic and fresh meatballs sizzling from his family’s kitchen. Raised by a single mother juggling three jobs, Bossi taught himself to cook at the age of eight. That background has helped him to create one of the best Italian Restaurants on Ft. Lauderdale’s iconic Las Olas Boulevard, with a fabulous menu ranging from homemade pasta, to wood-fired, dry-aged steaks, to Neapolitan style pizzas, and Louie’s own special house-cured meats. The flavors and experiences of Louie’s boyhood can be savored in each meatball, or slice of Pizza!
- Nick’s Italian
If you are looking for a great combination of “old school” Italian cuisine and a night of dancing and entertainment, look no further than Nick’s Italian Restaurant. The pizza is fresh, and definitely “New York Style” as are all of the homemade pastas and other classic Italian dishes. Expect genuine personal service, great appetizers, excellent entrees, decadent desserts, and a swinging band and dance floor to burn off all of those delicious calories!
- Paolo’s Three’s Company
Paolo’s in Dania Beach, is a family-owned neighborhood favorite. Expect a big grin and greeting from Paolo himself. The atmosphere is quaint but kitschy with the walls filled with pictures of Dino and Frank, and dozens of other Italian celebrities who may, or may not have graced Paolo’s tables. But you can be expected to be treated like an A-lister here! The food is superb, there are always great specials, and they have the best garlic bread in town! My wife and I have been here for the last 4 New Year’s Eve’s running, and they have great live entertainment nearly every night of the week.
A local gem in a few neighborhoods, Sal’s does not disappoint. My family and I frequent the one in Hollywood, and it is the quintessential “Family Restaurant.” Excellent pizza, made to order, a huge menu, filled with pages featuring meats, pastas, and fresh seafood dishes that are sure to please anyone in your party. Their fresh ricotta cheese, which can be added to almost any meal, is to die for.
Various locations – https://www.salsitalianristorante.com/
The Sardelli Family has been serving delicious food in South Florida for over 30 years. Their original restaurants, Fulvio’s 1900 (now closed) and VINO, both located on Harrison Street in Historic Downtown Hollywood have been destinations by locals and visitors for years. Now also in Hollywood, is Sardelli’s Italian Steakhouse. It’s the newest, and the first thing you will notice about it, is it looks like a house, and not a restaurant, and that is because, that is exactly how the Sardellis want you to feel when you visit – as if you are a guest in their home for dinner. The four-story, $3 million mansion by the sea is the crowning achievement for the Sardelli family after three decades in the restaurant business in South Florida. The food is very good, and very expensive, but dinning at Sardelli’s is an experience. And, it was here that Billy Joel, visited with 13 special friends after his concert at the BB&T center in 2014, where he eschewed menus and asked Chef Fulvio Sardelli Jr., to “Just cook for us.” If you want to eat like the famous singer/songwriter, the epicurean feast that Fulvio prepared for the “Piano Man” were items that could all be found on the regular Sardelli’s menu.
What do you think of my favorite area Italian Restaurants? Did I leave out one of yours? Please reply in the comments below.