Near downtown Fort Lauderdale, a landmark restaurant is tucked into a nondescript shopping center. Discerning diners have long trekked there to Casa d’Angelo, one of South Florida’s finest restaurants.
Chef Angelo Elia’s exquisite cuisine is Tuscan and it's complemented by an extensive wine list. His award-winning restaurant is popular with South Florida residents that recognize its enduring value and also the occasional visitor. During my recent incognito dinner, I noted the many businesspeople and local couples there on a weeknight at 9 p.m.
I selected a finely-sliced salmon carpaccio with fresh fennel and snapper oreganata while my companion had a tasty and tender veal chop accompanied by a savory risotto. Along with a moderately priced Valle d’Aosta wine, we enjoyed continuous refills of our water glasses. Virtually each employee that passed our table would look down to see what might be required, resulting in exemplary service.
Casa d’Angelo’s success has allowed it to expand to the sidewalk on balmy Florida evenings. While the restaurant is not widely mentioned in the media, Chef Angelo says that his patrons return often and refer friends. In South Florida, that means he doesn’t rely on stars to bring in clients but instead caters to locals.
If you’d like to enjoy a weekend meal at Casa d’Angelo, you can select either the Fort Lauderdale or Boca Raton locations. In either case, I suggest that you plan at least seven days in advance. During the week, a spot at one of Angelo’s tables is a little easier to secure.
Casa d'Angelo is the restaurant to which I take my hard-to-impress New York friends who regale me about their city's dining scene. Come with an appetite and prepare for a leisurely pace. You won’t want to rush this treat.