Aunty has a fabulous condo in Fort Lauderdale, and though on most nights we headed to Miami or South Beach, it’s nice to see what’s available in Fort Lauderdale. P’tit Soeur highly recommended Casa D’Angelo, which also has another location in Boca Raton, with a slightly different menu.
The restaurant is gorgeous, your typical upper class Italian restaurant with an extensive wine list, some say the most extensive in the area, white table clothes, impeccable service and a special’s list that will make you drool. And trust us, drool we did! We loved it so much that we made sure to go back before our trip was done, to try a few more items on their extensive menu.
Dinner starts with an antipasti platter, a treat from the house. Bruschetta sits on a slice of baguette, the tomatoes are room temperature and the olive oil is of the finest quality. Green olives and garlicky focaccia bread, with thinly sliced red onion, was also provided with generous pieces of parmigiano for your indulgence. Don’t fill up on the antipasti platter when there is so much more!
On one of our visits the evening special was mascarpone stuffed zucchini flowers that were lightly fried to absolute perfection. Three to a serving, we couldn’t get enough of this appetizer. A drizzle of balsamic reduction added a sweetness to this appetizer, and the zucchini flowers sat on a little bed of arugula and tomato for a different texture and freshness. We could have ordered this twice!
Diva #1 wanted to try so many pasta dishes from Casa D’Angelo’s extensive menu but she was sold on one of the evening specials. House made ravioli was stuffed with poached pear and cheese in a creamy parmigiano sauce that was light and did not take away from the sweetness of the pear. The raviolis were delicate, and light, and the sweet n’ salty flavours were delicious.
The seafood linguine was another evening special and the portion was more than generous. A huge lobster tail sat on top of linguine tossed with clams in a light tomato sauce made with freshly crushed tomatoes. You can tell when a tomato sauce is made with freshly crushed tomatoes as opposed to canned tomatoes because it is less red, almost pink, and aromatic when it hits the table. This dish put most seafood linguine to shame.
On a second visit Diva #1 indulged in the pappardelle with porcini mushrooms. Right away you notice the freshness of the homemade pasta because it is yellow, not white. The porcini mushrooms were cooked to perfection, and the whole dish comes together quite nicely. Cooked in white wine with fresh herbs and fresh tomato, this is the perfect light summer dish, not too saucy nor heavy. This dish is off their regular menu, although once again we were tempted by their interesting evening specials. And for those of you who are finicky, you can replace your pasta with gluten free or whole wheat pasta.
For dessert we fell in love with their flaky apple pastry. This puts Canadian apple pies to shame, who would have thought that we’d have to go all the way to Florida to discover the perfect apple pie dessert? Especially because apples are such a Canadian fruit. In between layers of flaky puff pastry lay delicious apple pie filling. The cinnamon ice cream was the perfect accompaniment!
On our second visit we ended our meal with their creamy tiramisu and a cappuccino – Italians really do, do it better. If you’re in Southern Florida and you’re craving fine Italian, look no further than Casa D’Angelo. We didn’t even have a chance to try their risottos or their meat dishes, so you know that we’ll be back. Although we don’t know if we can resist their pasta dishes!
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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