954-561-3900. While it won’t win any awards for restaurant innovation, this moderately priced, 20-year-old neighborhood Italian does a solid job with classic pasta, chicken and seafood. Moderateexpensive. Dinner. Reviewed 4-3-15. Cafe Martorano — 3343 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-561-2554. More than two decades after opening this restaurant, Steve Martorano continues to wow guests with a delicious ItalianAmerican menu and party vibe to match. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 7-10-14. La Cucina Veneziana — 3471 N. Federal Highway, Oakland Park, 954-990-5435. Chef Fabio Cracco’s 45-seat eatery serves incredible pasta, scaloppini and other Italian favorites. Moderateexpensive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed1-31-14. Louie Bossi’s — 1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-356-6699. This may be the only Italian restaurant in South Florida where the list of housemade staples includes pasta, bread, pizza dough and charcuterie. It’s smashing décor includes a piazza complete with bocce court and fire pit. Moderateexpensive. Lunch, dinner, brunch. Reviewed 7-31-15. NewRiver Pizza and Grill — 701S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-618-7000. Once just a takeout pizzeria, this casual neighborhood spot now offers pasta and other Italian entrees. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Scarfone’s Coal Fired Pizza — 2150 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 954-533-0577. After seven years in Coral Springs, Scarfone’s added this chic location, which offers an expanded menu of pasta, meatballs and other Italian-American favorites. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-18-14. Serafina Waterfront Bistro — 926 NE 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-463-2566. The big menu includes Southern and Northern Italian dishes. As dining rooms go, not much can beat the terrace that sits on the edge of the Middle River. Expensive. Dinner, lunch. Reviewed 2-6-14. Valentino Cucina Italiana — 620 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-523-5767. Chef and owner Giovanni Rocchio serves modern Italian cuisine in a former tire store that’s now a sophisticated and stylish ode to Capri. Very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 5-22-15.
Chatham House — 4331N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-bythe-Sea, 954-351-0310. While it doesn’t break any new culinary ground, this restaurant delivers solid seafood and steak in a comfortable, old-fashioned setting. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed1-9-14. 3030 Ocean — 3030 Holiday Drive, Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, Fort Lauderdale, 954-765-3030. Chef Paula DaSilva is one of the best seafood chefs in South Florida, combining fresh fish with locally sourced produce in inventive, modern ways. Top-notch service completes the experience. Expensive-very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 3-28-14.
Jerk Machine — 317 SWSixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-4404556. Reopened in a new location after closing in 2012 to make room for All Aboard Florida’s new station, this no-frills spot serves stick-to-your-ribs jerk, curry and other Jamaican favorites. Inexpensive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed 6-24-15. Sheila’s Conch and Wings — 3026 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-2456154. Authentic Bahamian-style conch fritters, conch salad and conch salad are served at this 50-seat family business, where reggae is always on the sound system. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed12-31-14.
Buenos Aires Café — 2364 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-900-3361. The owner of Aventura’s popular La Estancia Argentina has a partner in this meatcentric Argentine café, where very good salads, sandwiches and desserts join skirt steak, chorizo and other grilled meats. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Moderate-expensive. Reviewed 9-23-5. South Florida location of this 50-unit strong national chain, specializes in lean protein served in wraps, salads, pasta or guiltless entrees. Inexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 5-13-15. Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox — 1101S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach, 954-708-2035. Among the comfort-food favorites served here are incredible burgers and sandwiches that start with as many local and seasonal ingredients as possible. Even the ketchup is made in-house. Inexpensivemoderate. Lunch, dinner. Review 4-18-14.
Fish Shack — 2862 NE17th Ave., Pompano Beach, 954586-4105. The tiny, no-reservations restaurant serves some of the freshest seafood in South Florida. Plan on waiting for your table at this friendly neighborhood charmer. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-22-14. Papa’s RawBar — 4610 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, 754-307-5034. From the same family that’s operated Seafood World since 1976 is this funky combination of a Key West-style tavern and a hip gastropub. Sushi, fish tacos and conch in many forms form the eclectic menu. Inexpensivemoderate. Dinner. Reviewed
Bob Roth’s NewRiver Groves — 5660 Griffin Road, Davie, 954-581-8630. More open-air fruit stand than restaurant, Bob Roth’s offers sandwiches, salads, smoothies and award-winning Key lime pie. Visiting the Bob Roth’s, open since 1964, is like stepping back in time to Old Florida. Inexpensive. Breakfast, lunch. Reviewed 3-27-14. The Cook and the Cork — 9890 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, 954-227-2665. Global comfort food from a husbandand-wife team who still operate a successful catering company. With just 40 seats, it sometimes feels like a lively dinner party instead of a restaurant. Moderateexpensive. Dinner. Reviewed 11-7-14. J72 Chef’s Cafe— 3712 Davie Road, Davie, 954-908-5608. Chefs Joel Ramos and Samuel Infantas have indeed created a chef’s cafe. They are servers, chefs and masters of ceviche, guava chicken wings and an amazing burger made with Kobe beef and lamb with arepas in place of buns. The place is small,