10 Best Italian Restaurants Offering Fort Lauderdale the very best of this Favorite Cuisine

Do you love Italian food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Italian cuisine in Fort Lauderdale. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Fort Lauderdale restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Casa D'Angelo, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time. 3030 Ocean and 15th Street Fisheries are local landmarks that are tops on any locals list. Café Vico is one local eatery that has been recognized locally and nationally for its family-owned and operated menu and service. And while it may not be known for its architecture or design, Bongusto Ristorante is known for its delicious food and time-honored entrees and reputation. And for a unique experience with a bit of a twist, Noodles Panini on the beautiful Las Olas Boulevard offers a variety of sandwiches, pastas and salads in a beautiful setting. Primavera is known for its Northern Italian cuisine in an elegant setting. And don't forget Catfish Dewey's. This casual and fun restaurant where patrons wait in line then sit down and roll up there sleeves and dig in. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!

North Ft Lauderdale
Catfish Deweys
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Catfish Deweys is a notable eatery in North Fort Lauderdale and the place that serious seafood lovers flock to, stand in line to wait for a table, sit shoulder to shoulder and eat to their heart's content. Family-owned since 1984, this is one of...  Read More

South Fort Lauderdale
Bistro Mezzaluna


Trendy and festive best describe this Italian restaurant, which has plentiful portions that are creatively presented. Not the place for a quiet, intimate dinner, this bistro is known for its upbeat late-night crowd. If you like a party...  Read More



For casual cafe-style dining, try Las Olas's Noodles Panini. At this eatery, you can order up tasty sandwiches, pasta and salads. Try the ciabatta bread stuffed with prosciutto, arugula, Reggiano and artichoke. Of course, the place is best known...  Read More

Oakland Park
Café Martorano
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For Fort Lauderdale's finest Italian dining, you can't miss Café Martorano, where classic pastas, seafood dishes, and meat entrées are served in hearty portions to an obviously upscale clientele. Even the meatballs have been voted best in the...  Read More

Cafe Vico


Cafe Vico is a family-owned and operated local treasure and is known for its authentic Italian cuisine. This restaurant is considered one of top five Best Restaurants in South Florida and top thousand best Italian in the country. This...  Read More

Blue Moon Fish Company


This favorite and unique waterside restaurant offers Caribbean-inspired seafood dishes in a festive environment, with panoramic views of the Intercoastal Waterway from the elegant Art Deco dining room or from the breezy outdoor dock. The menu...  Read More

Fort Lauderdale


Voted Best Waterfront Restaurant in South Florida in a 2011 local media poll, 15th Street Fisheries has rustic charm and waterfront views that make this Lauderdale Marina seafood house a popular destination. Take advantage of its unique location...  Read More

Casa D'Angelo
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Casa D'Angelo is a traditional Italian restaurant and serves classic dishes served in a formal and elegant setting. Locals rave of this place and it is a good place for toasting the important moments in life. Chef Angelo Elia created the...  Read More

3030 Ocean
Photo courtesy of 3030 Ocean


Residing at the beautiful Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, 3030 Ocean is a clear departure from the stereotypical seafood room, as this restaurant's interior is cloaked in rich colors and classy dark woods. The menu changes frequently and...  Read More


Meet Dale Mack

Dale Mack has been involved in Fort Lauderdale tourism and promotions for over twenty years. Working for Travelhost Magazine in Dallas, Texas, he was especially drawn to the edition...  More About Dale