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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service was good and food was excellent! The lobster ravioli was excellent! Meatballs as appetizer was good! Highly recommend this place!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 7 April 2021

After reading all the marvelous reviews, we thought we'd give Cafe Italia a try. My husband and I each ordered a glass of house wine. The area where the wine was being poured was open and visible. I saw the waitress bending down and pouring...the wine into each glass, as if she were visibly measuring the pour, to the point of a drop at a time! House wine, come on! Our appetizer was a Caesar salad. The croutons were soggy, the dressing was bland, and the romaine lettuce was wilted. My husband ordered the gnocci. The dish was prepared well, but to charge $18.99, a cup and a half of cooked gnocci was a paltry portion, honestly, the size of an appetizer. The chicken in my Piccata was not good quality. It contained quite a bit of nerve, and it was also unevenly cut, so one end was very dry and the opposite was too thick. Overall, we feel there are a lot of corners being cut in this restaurant, and they are not using the best quality of food. Give patrons good quality, good tasting food, and good quantity and they'll always come back for more. Once was enough for us.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 3 March 2021 via mobile

This place is just a hidden Italian paradise in Florida. The service is excellent and the food goes above expected. If someone knows about real Italian food, then you will enjoy this place. Got pasta with mini meatballs and my husband had ravioli with mushrooms,...both highly recommended.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 17 February 2021 via mobile

Very good spaghetti with arugula and nuts. No pancetta please! Would have been better served with a spoon. “Fresh mozzarella “ is not soft fresh mozzarella and would have been a welcome addition if it were true fresh. My husband had Enzos special. Very good....White House wine is very good. Service was ok.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 5 December 2020 via mobile

Nice, unpretentious family-run place. We tried the penne trapanese, which had a sauce based on eggplant, and the spaghetti with arugula and pancetta. The penne was excellent, the spaghetti very good. It was a nice, affordable lunch.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 16 November 2020

Cafe Italia serves the best Italian food I've had in South Florida. A small, unpretentious, family-owned restaurant, the owner and chef uses fresh ingredients to prepare delicious Italian fare. I've enjoyed several of their salads and pastas and all have been excellent. I love the...eggplant parmesan with spaghetti and the radicchio salad. My mom's favorite is the salmon piccata and my dad goes for the baked ziti, aka Italian mac and cheese. They have a few outdoor tables, so best to call ahead for a reservation.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 9 November 2020

We ate lunch here on a whim, and discovered a gem of a place! Food was delicious and beautifully prepared. The husband/wife team were delightful and very helpful.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 28 June 2020 via mobile

We had great authentic Italian food. The restaurant is tucked away in a strip mall but the food and service makes up for the atmosphere. We had great service. Highly recommend trying this hidden gem.

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed 22 February 2020 via mobile

Let’s start out by saying , this restaurant has good food. The reason I did not rate it higher is the fact that it’s under staffed. Only two waitresses for a place that was full. The owner chief works the kitchen with his young son...as a helper. So we sat down at 7:30 and finished our meal 9 . With no desert or coffee. Again the food was good and the servers very nice , just overwhelmed.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 9 February 2020

We have taken several wine tasting trips to south, central and northern Italy over the years, feasting on local food as well as various wines. One trip to central Italy included a lunch at Alla Borsa in Valeggio. The tortellini was of three flavors: Beef...and Pork mix; Basil and Ricotta; Pumpkin with a meat sauce. Very light tortellini (can almost see through it) and very tasty. We expected we would never again have Italian food prepared with such flavor and expertise. The chef at Cafe Italia is made from the same cloth and provides Italian food to rival what's in Italy. One can choose from several anti pasti and insulatas to get started, then launch into a Primi/Pasta or Primi Al Forno/Baked Pasta dish. Various fish and meat dishes are also available. We have tried several entrees over the last couple years and, most recently, enjoyed the Penne al salmone and Ravioli ai Funghi noci e Mascarpone primi/pasta dish. If desired, finish the evening with a cannolo or gelato. It needs to be noted their house wine and salad are also a special treat.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Response from Jennifer J | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about gluten free choices.
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Pat F
10 August 2016|
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Response from Michael_R1234 | Property representative |
Dear Pat, Cafe Italia has several Gluten Free menu options including Soups, Salads, and Eggplant. He also has chicken, sausage and meatballs. Ask Chef Michael and he can accommodate you with other items as well. Buon... More
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  • Yes, Cafe Italia offers takeaway services.

  • Yes, Cafe Italia offers delivery services.

  • Cafe Italia is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 5
    • Value: 4.5