On the eastern edge of Wilton Drive just before the Five Points intersection sits Bona Italian Restaurant, a staple of Italian cuisine in Wilton Manors.

In business since 1979, the family-owned eatery has seen many changes along the ‘drive’ through the years, but one constant remains – tasty and affordable food.

“This is our passion,” said Bona co-owner Attilio. “There are other ways to make a buck. We don’t do this to make big money. We do this because we love it.”

Attilio and his sister, Valerie, co-own and operate Bona and offer sit-down, delivery and take out service to customers. The food is homemade, the pasta is gourmet caliber and the cheese is to die for.

“We are very proud of our food,” Attilio said. “Our pizza is hand tossed and the cheese is high quality grade.”

Attilio and Valerie took over ownership of Bona four years ago and are grateful for their loyal customer base. It’s not uncommon for people to return to the restaurant and remark how they once worked there as a teenager.

“So many things come and go around here, but Bona is a fixture,” Attilio said.

With inviting wide curbed windows and its location on the drive, Bona is an excellent place to grab a table and enjoy the view of Wilton Drive. The cuisine, prepared under the direction of longtime chef Serol, is American style Italian with influence from the Campania region of Southern Italy.

Some of their more popular dishes include the Fazzoletti, a bite sized gourmet pasta filled with Fontina cheese and prosciutto, presented in carbonara sauce with bits of bacon, onion and green peas. Other not-to-skip dishes include the Chicken Normandy and Shrimp Scampi in a lemon pink sauce. Also don’t forget to ask for the heavenly garlic rolls to accent your dining experience.

Bona also offers an extensive beer and wine list and its skilled wait staff is sure to recommend just the right beverage to complement your meal. The Santi Pinot Grigio, a white white from Italy, went wonderfully well with the Fazzoletti.

Visit BonaItalianRestaurant.com for more information.