With nearly 20 years in South Florida with Casa D’Angelo, Fort Lauderdale’s Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas is one of Angelo Elia’s best experiences yet.
Now in its sixth year, the Fort Lauderdale location was the first upscale casual concept from Italian-born Angelo Elia, but it wasn’t the last. With locations also in Weston, Delray, and Coral Springs, there will also be another addition in Doral later this year. With a phenomenal menu and extensive wine list, it’s no wonder that Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas is expanding at a rapid rate.
When you go, start off with the giant homemade Veal Meatballs served in homemade Pomodoro sauce ($12). While a meal in and of itself, you may be looking for something lighter as an appetizer. If that’s the case, get the focaccia flatbread and dip it in the homemade spicy olive oil. If the specials menu offers it, get Mike’s Salad — arugula, artichoke, grape tomatoes, balsamic reduction and Burrata cheese ($16). Burrata is the sister of Mozzarella — the outer layer is Mozzarella and the inside is soft, stringy, creamy cheese. Take a moment to drool.
When you’re done, clean yourself and get ready for an entrée. Try the Veal Milanese: a veal cutlet that’s pounded flat, breaded and fried to perfection and served with mixed greens and a lemon Reggiano vinaigrette ($24). You can also try the Linguine Vongole: clams tossed in a garlic, oil, and white white sauce with linguine ($19).
But definitely don’t overlook the pizza, especially the Angelo pie: bufala mozzarella with prosciutto, arugula and Reggiano ($17). All pizzas are 10 inches and made fresh to order, cooked in a wood-burning oven at 450 degrees. Flatbreads, veggies, and even some desserts are made in the wood-burning oven.
Don’t forget the extensive wine list. Sample Jankara Vermentino di Gallura ($45), Elia’s own brand from his winery in Sardinia. With nearly 100 different wines along with beer and a full bar, there are endless options when it comes to your beverage of choice. Happy hour is Mon-Fri, 3-7 p.m. where all drinks are 2 for 1. If you’re at the bar during happy hour, grab good eats from the $6 bar menu and on Monday’s you can get half off wine.
Definitely save room for dessert. For the time being, all desserts are made in-house until Angelo Elia The Bakery Bar opens in late June. The bakery, located on Oakland Park Blvd., will soon make the desserts for all restaurant locations.
Get the Nutella Stromboli ($12): a pizza dough mixed with Nutella and nuts and made in the wood-burning oven. It’s cut into pieces and surrounds a gelato mountain of your choice of flavors, including the homemade pistachio and wild berry.
You can skip the Nutella Stromboli altogether and just get the amazing gelato (two scoops, $7), the cannoli ($6), or Tiramisu ($7).
If you don’t find yourself at Angelo Elia’s during the evenings, definitely stop by on the weekends for brunch. Favorites like the Nutella French Toast ($12) and Mamma’s Sunday Gravy Rigatoni ($22) are served from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Regardless of where you are in South Florida — from Fort Lauderdale to Delray — you’ll be able to find Angelo Elia’s Pizza, Bar & Tapas anywhere and it’s worth the stop every single time.
If You Go
Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas
4215 N. Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Sun. – Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fri. – Sat., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.