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Café Italia — 3471N. Fed­eral High­way, Fort Laud­erdale, 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. 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. Piz­za­craft — 330 Him­marshee St., Fort Laud­erdale, 954-616-8028. Ca­sual but classy, this down­town restau­rant spe­cial­izes in wood-fired piz­zas and grav­ity-strong cock­tails poured in the ad­join­ing Apothe­cary 330, a speakeasy-style bar. Moder­a­te­ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed1-1-16. 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. 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.


Bur­lock Coast — 1N. Fort Laud­erdale Beach Blvd., Fort Laud­erdale, 954-302-6460. Lo­cated at the Ritz-Carl­ton, this is a beach­side eatery offers a vibe that is more un­pre­ten­tious party than exclusive club. Try the smoked fish dip. Ex­pen­sive. Break­fast, lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 4-1-16. Sea Watch on the Ocean — 6002 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Laud­erdale, 954-781-2200. In busi­ness since 1974, this ocean­front restau­rant boasts a post­card-per­fect view, fresh food and de­pend­able ser­vice. Moder­a­te­ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 5-27-16.


Jerk Ma­chine — 317 SWSixth St., Fort Laud­erdale, 954-440-4556. 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, 954-245-6154. 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. Cabo Blanco Restau­rant — 1672 E. Oak­land Park Blvd., Oak­land Park. This un­fussy Peru­vian restau­rant serves food that sticks in the mind and belly. Don’t be sur­prised to find a soc­cer game on the TVs here and no one rush­ing you out the door. Lunch, din­ner, brunch Sun­days. Re­viewed 2-5-16. tion of deep fry­ing and pres­sure cook­ing that re­sults in a uni­formly crispy crust and grease­less meat. Fried shrimp, giz­zards and liver are also a spe­cialty. In­ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed10-28-15. Mus­cle Maker Grill — 230 S. Fed­eral High­way, Deer­field Beach, 954-429-1818. The only 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.


Fish Shack — 2862 NE17th Ave., Pom­pano Beach, 954-586-4105. The tiny, noreser­va­tions restau­rant serves some of the fresh­est seafood in South Florida. Plan on wait­ing for your ta­ble at this friendly neigh­bor­hood charmer. In­ex­pen­sive­mod­er­ate. 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. In­ex­pen­sive- mod­er­ate. Din­ner. Re­viewed 2-11-15.


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, with just 20 tight seats, In­ex­pen­sive-mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed10-7-15.


Bran­don Asian Cui­sine — 6417 Stir­ling Road, Davie, 954-908-5153. Pho is the main rea­son to visit this Davie restau-

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