Ten Best Italian Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Whether you're of Italian descent or not, there's something soothing about simply prepared plates of pasta.

Maybe there's a stress-relieving physiological response to gluten; maybe it's a carb hangover -- either way, it works.

There once was a time in which Italian cuisine was symbolized by little more than spaghetti and meatballs with red sauce. Hey, we're not bashing it, but it's not really Italian -- in fact, that combination was devised in New York.

Over the past decade or so, we've seen that other regional variations and styles of food from across Italy's boot have become increasingly common. Frankly, we think it's awesome.

From the Northern Alps to Tuscany to the South, we're all about Italian.

With that, we decided to compile a list of the ten best Italian restaurants in South Florida.

See Also:
- Ten Best Restaurants in Delray Beach
- Ten Best Barbecue Spots in South Florida

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Joe Woolf
10. Vic & Angelo's
There's no denying, some places make some things better. Tomatoes, for example, are best from San Marzano. Mozzarella made from the milk of Italian water buffaloes is superior to any cow-made variety. And we all know the merits -- whether we care to or not -- of the New York City water supply. Fortunately, Vic & Angelo's recognizes this superiority and imports all three. Dishes like the Originale pizza (with hand-crushed tomatoes, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Mozzarella di Bufala, and Italian olive oil) and the imported pear and four cheese tortelloni use only the best ingredients money can buy. Price is what you pay; value is what you get.

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C. Stiles
9. Cafe Martorano
There are times when you want your celebrity chef to be a badass; Steve Martorano is just that. His restaurants are the evidence. The Philly native serves classic Italian-American food with attitude in his original restaurant/nightclub/celebrity hot spot. Dishes like his grilled octopus with celery, olives, Sicilian e.v.o.o., chili flakes, and Meyer lemon or his Martorano Original Eggplant Stack, breaded eggplant layered with house-made mozzarella, marinated tomatoes, aged balsamic vinaigrette, and D.O.C. Parmigian-Reggiano cheese have garnered Martorano many a TV appearance. If you're looking for great food and a taste of the limelight, this is your place.

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Location Info

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Valentino's Cucina Italiana

620 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sardelli's

331 Van Buren St., Hollywood, FL

Category: Restaurant

Casa D'Angelo

1201 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Cafe La Buca

451 S. Cypress Road, Pompano Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Marcello's La Sirena

6316 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Kitchenetta

2850 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Da Campo Osteria

3333 NE 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Caffe Luna Rosa

34 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Martorano

3343 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Vic and Angelo's Grand Italian Coal Oven Enoteca

290 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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18 comments
LunchPailLenny
LunchPailLenny

Oh I cannot believe you left out Zuccarelli's! No list in South Florida should omit them and they are very affordable too.


markeatseverything
markeatseverything

Da Campo Osteria also has nothing to do with Todd English any longer - would be interesting to get that fact correct.

Clean Plate Charlie
Clean Plate Charlie

Keep the comments coming! We stand by our list, of course, but we also continuously reevaluate as time goes by and we definitely take suggestions and criticisms into account.

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

Might just be me, but the sliced tomatoes on the page 2 photo has got to be atypical of FL tomatoes. Tomatoes are supposed to be red, not pink or orange. That tells me that ingredient is substandard & tasteless in comparison. If that is a ripe tomato and it should be, it was grown in sandy soil. A lot of the pictured bill of fare is seafood. I guess if you want those items, one of these places is where you have to go. But for pasta, you might as well go to Publix and make it yourself at home. FCOL, anyone can boil water and follow the al dente instructions on the box. For sauce, you don't need to be good at that either. Great Value at Wal-Mart with garlic, paprika, Italian seasoning and you can doctor a $ .99 can of sauce. But if you're going to get the seasoning just the same, just get a few tomatoes and peal & dice them up. You can even get that in a can too. Feeds a family for the cost of a single plate and you'll have enough for several meals after refrigerating some items.

Kim Siv
Kim Siv

your list = overpriced!

SethPlatt
SethPlatt topcommenter

I would eat at Valentinos every night of the week if I could.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper topcommenter

In all my time here in Florida, I have found only a single decent Italian restaurant, and that would be Bona Italiano in Wilton Manors.  The rest all tend to be tactless.

Lisa Melegari
Lisa Melegari

I'd throw in my vote for Il Mulino on Sunrise and Federal - I've been going there for over 20 years and the food quality remains top notch even with owner changes over time. I don't live in the area anymore, so when I visit I pick up a few bowls of their pasta fagoli soup to keep in my freezer for when I'm sick and need comfort food.

Melinda McGrath
Melinda McGrath

Not bad.. w/two exceptions: Tony Dell's for dine-in and Cannoli Kitchen for takeout/delivery.. both in Boca, both outstanding.. ;)

Charley Bair
Charley Bair

I enjoy Vic & Angelo's but I would not say they exemplify Italian Food although I am a sucker for the pear pasta there it is amazing but Tavolinos in Coral Springs not nearly has trendy makes a pear pasta that in my opinion is better and half the price

Elle Jay Elle
Elle Jay Elle

WHO PICKED THESE? Majority are a joke! Do you or your restaurant picker a favorite and visit Josephines Boca. That is what qualifies as exceptional Italian

Sara Lewis Morales
Sara Lewis Morales

Vic & Angelo's Delray Beach is BY FAR one of the most amazing restaurants....one of our favorites, hands down

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

they can't help it - it's whatever SYSCO / HENRY LEE / CHENEY BROS delivers

the ONLY place to get a tomato is FRESH MARKET = period

i personally have them shipped in from up north

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

ssshhhhh ! let those idiots go spend a fortune at those TOURIST traps

don't be having them come to places i go to and taking my table

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