Cafe Vico

★★★★★
Classic Italian eatery offers home cooking and familial atmosphere.
  • 1125 N Federal Hwy

    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

    Cross street: East Sunrise Boulevard

    Map & Directions
  • 954-565-9681

About Cafe Vico

Hours
Sun-Thu 5:30pm-10:30pm Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11:30pm

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I love this place. Before 2 week ago me and my girl friend went there for a dinner. It was a awesome experience we both ever had. Lovely foods, Romantic environment make our relation more strong.The staffs and waiters are so good in terms of service.

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I love this place. Before 2 week ago me and my girl friend went there for a dinner. It was a awesome experience we both ever had. Lovely foods, Romantic environment make our relation more strong.The staffs and waiters are so good in terms of service.

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Authentic as it gets in a restaurant

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Authentic as it gets in a restaurant

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Really nice place, a bit tight but all good. I use to come here when i lived down the road and i still do when i am around.

4
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Really nice place, a bit tight but all good. I use to come here when i lived down the road and i still do when i am around.

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I had lots of fun there and the food was great! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great place to a great dinner.

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I had lots of fun there and the food was great! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great place to a great dinner.

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a great italian restaurant!!! wonderful ambience!!!delicious food!!!!! great selection of wines!!!! romantic atmosphere!!!!! a nice family run restaurant!!!!!

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a great italian restaurant!!! wonderful ambience!!!delicious food!!!!! great selection of wines!!!! romantic atmosphere!!!!! a nice family run restaurant!!!!!

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CAME IN WITH MY HUSBAND, AMAZING SERVICE, GREAT FOOD!

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CAME IN WITH MY HUSBAND, AMAZING SERVICE, GREAT FOOD!

Pros: GREAT FOOD

Cons: NEED ONE CLOSER TO HOME!

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bringing my lover there why not?..but what's so spcial about eating pizza and pasta...
So many good reviews cannot be random but would anyone have a recomendation for a very romantic menu? a proposal...

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bringing my lover there why not?..but what's so spcial about eating pizza and pasta...
So many good reviews cannot be random but would anyone have a recomendation for a very romantic menu? a proposal...

Pros: so many great reviews

Cons: a taste of "déjà vu"

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Florida weather in September/October may be like living in a steam bath, but there's an upside: No reservations needed at good restaurants & less noise within. It's not a bad trade-off.

Whenever we visit, we try to include Cafe Vico in our dining plans. It's consistently good, you receive a warm welcome from its owner, & the service is excellent. I love the ambiance: three inviting, smallish, rooms, cozy, dark-stained wood bar & accents, earthy yellow walls, raised blue ceilings that appear to be filled with night-lit clouds, "antique" accessories such as musical instruments, film paraphernalia, framed pictures of celebraties of a bygone era. Cafe Vico is like an inviting hearth.

With the complimentary bruschetta, my husband & I both ordered house salads, romaine lettuce, olives, excellent tomatoes, shredded carrots, served with a marvelous tomato vinaigrette. It looked as if the tomatoes in it had been coarsely pureed.

As much as I enjoy perusing the extensive menu at Cafe Vico, nine times out of ten I end up ordering the whole wheat pasta with spinach, garlic (enough to stun a mule!), tomatoes (lots of them) & basil. It's intensely flavored & although heavy on the garlic, at least the slivers are large enough that you can cast them aside. This entree easily could be shared. With it I had a glass of chianti riserva. I don't remember the estate & the vintage wasn't listed, but it was just fine with the pasta, more than fine. I felt mellow, happy, & glad to be there.

My husband's choice was strange & I'm not sure really Italian in origin. The dish featured two types of ravioli. The first was filled with chicken & napped with a very buttery bing cherry sauce. While utterly delicious, it was so rich that he accompanied it with a Prilosec! He wasn't taking any chances. The other ravioli was filled with lobster & was supposed to be napped with more lobster in some kind of cream sauce. Instead, they put fresh chopped tomatoes over it without sacrificing any flavor. It's not something he would order again but still, it tasted great & thanks to the Prilosec, he suffered no ill effects.

We're home now, happy to be back in colder, not so damp, weather. But there's definitely something good to be said about Florida's off-season.

4
★★★★☆

Florida weather in September/October may be like living in a steam bath, but there's an upside: No reservations needed at good restaurants & less noise within. It's not a bad trade-off.

Whenever we visit, we try to include Cafe Vico in our dining plans. It's consistently good, you receive a warm welcome from its owner, & the service is excellent. I love the ambiance: three inviting, smallish, rooms, cozy, dark-stained wood bar & accents, earthy yellow walls, raised blue ceilings that appear to be filled with night-lit clouds, "antique" accessories such as musical instruments, film paraphernalia, framed pictures of celebraties of a bygone era. Cafe Vico is like an inviting hearth.

With the complimentary bruschetta, my husband & I both ordered house salads, romaine lettuce, olives, excellent tomatoes, shredded carrots, served with a marvelous tomato vinaigrette. It looked as if the tomatoes in it had been coarsely pureed.

As much as I enjoy perusing the extensive menu at Cafe Vico, nine times out of ten I end up ordering the whole wheat pasta with spinach, garlic (enough to stun a mule!), tomatoes (lots of them) & basil. It's intensely flavored & although heavy on the garlic, at least the slivers are large enough that you can cast them aside. This entree easily could be shared. With it I had a glass of chianti riserva. I don't remember the estate & the vintage wasn't listed, but it was just fine with the pasta, more than fine. I felt mellow, happy, & glad to be there.

My husband's choice was strange & I'm not sure really Italian in origin. The dish featured two types of ravioli. The first was filled with chicken & napped with a very buttery bing cherry sauce. While utterly delicious, it was so rich that he accompanied it with a Prilosec! He wasn't taking any chances. The other ravioli was filled with lobster & was supposed to be napped with more lobster in some kind of cream sauce. Instead, they put fresh chopped tomatoes over it without sacrificing any flavor. It's not something he would order again but still, it tasted great & thanks to the Prilosec, he suffered no ill effects.

We're home now, happy to be back in colder, not so damp, weather. But there's definitely something good to be said about Florida's off-season.

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I have come back to Cafe Vico time and time again, and it has consistantly been good. I especially recommend the fish dishes, paired with a white wine. During the day, it's perfect for a business lunch, and at night you can go for a romantic dinner. The Tiramisu is the best (and I've had a lot of Tiramisu).

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I have come back to Cafe Vico time and time again, and it has consistantly been good. I especially recommend the fish dishes, paired with a white wine. During the day, it's perfect for a business lunch, and at night you can go for a romantic dinner. The Tiramisu is the best (and I've had a lot of Tiramisu).

Pros: food, service, ambience, Tiramisu

Cons: can be hard to find if you don't know where it is

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If i had to guess how many "Authentic" Italian restaurants I've tried around here it would be well over 2 dozen.....and for the money, none of them are even in the same ballpark as Cafe Vico. We go for business lunches to romantic dinners. The owners are fantastic people and will gladly have a glass of wine with you after closing!! Order anything from veal saltimbocca to the osso buco, you cannot go wrong. As weird as it sounds, their lasagna is leaps-and-bounds better than all the others that I've tried....sorry Mom. If nothing else, try it for lunch to save some money -- you will not regret it!

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★★★★★

If i had to guess how many "Authentic" Italian restaurants I've tried around here it would be well over 2 dozen.....and for the money, none of them are even in the same ballpark as Cafe Vico. We go for business lunches to romantic dinners. The owners are fantastic people and will gladly have a glass of wine with you after closing!! Order anything from veal saltimbocca to the osso buco, you cannot go wrong. As weird as it sounds, their lasagna is leaps-and-bounds better than all the others that I've tried....sorry Mom. If nothing else, try it for lunch to save some money -- you will not regret it!

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A wonderful, charming restaurant where you are greeted in a warm, friendly manner. The fish dishes are always excellent - particularly the Chilean sea bass. The veal dishes are also excellent. The staff are all very helpful and friendly and give you impeccable service. As an Italian I find their dishes to be authentic.

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A wonderful, charming restaurant where you are greeted in a warm, friendly manner. The fish dishes are always excellent - particularly the Chilean sea bass. The veal dishes are also excellent. The staff are all very helpful and friendly and give you impeccable service. As an Italian I find their dishes to be authentic.

Pros: Great service, authentic food

Cons: Pricey wines

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This little restaurant is fabulous. Very good food, excellent service and the restaurant is lovely. Its perfect for an intimate dinner date or dinner with friends. I've even spent New Year's Eve here and it was wonderful. All this right in my back yard.

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This little restaurant is fabulous. Very good food, excellent service and the restaurant is lovely. Its perfect for an intimate dinner date or dinner with friends. I've even spent New Year's Eve here and it was wonderful. All this right in my back yard.

Pros: Great service, great food

Cons: gets a bit noisy when its busy and its always busy

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I flew in from NY, it was our first Valentine's Day together and I researched this place from NY...
The setting was lovely, dimly lit, romantic in all aspect, good choice in wines
We both tried the same thing, something new to both of us; the Linguine alle Vongole Bianco was simply ***"enjoyable" (***Will be edited later since "enjoyable" is an understatement)
We ended this lovely dinner with a Tiramisu & a Chocolate Mousse Cake both heavenly.

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I flew in from NY, it was our first Valentine's Day together and I researched this place from NY...
The setting was lovely, dimly lit, romantic in all aspect, good choice in wines
We both tried the same thing, something new to both of us; the Linguine alle Vongole Bianco was simply ***"enjoyable" (***Will be edited later since "enjoyable" is an understatement)
We ended this lovely dinner with a Tiramisu & a Chocolate Mousse Cake both heavenly.

Pros: Everything was Perfect!

Cons: None!

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Awesome REAL Italian food! Great Service! Romantic enviroment! We loved it and definitely recommend it to anyone whose looking for real italian food!

2
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Awesome REAL Italian food! Great Service! Romantic enviroment! We loved it and definitely recommend it to anyone whose looking for real italian food!

Pros: Very relax scene

Cons: Tables are set close to one another.

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Food and service were both top notch. My gnocci were light and the cheese sauce was rich and excellent. The antipasti for two could easily have feed more. My dinner partner's lasagna was not to his liking but was beautifully presented. His complaint was too much meat and not enough sauce. The espresso was the best in town. The ricotta cheesecake was tasty but a little dry. We will definetly go back and soon. We never got our Sambuca.

2
★★★★☆

Food and service were both top notch. My gnocci were light and the cheese sauce was rich and excellent. The antipasti for two could easily have feed more. My dinner partner's lasagna was not to his liking but was beautifully presented. His complaint was too much meat and not enough sauce. The espresso was the best in town. The ricotta cheesecake was tasty but a little dry. We will definetly go back and soon. We never got our Sambuca.

Pros: atmosphere, excellent menu, quick service

Cons: tables too close, crowded, waiter hard to unders

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What I liked most was the food and ambience! I totally recommend this hidden gem for cozy dinners or fun group dinners. I wasn't sure what to expect, especially since the restaurant was located in a strip mall and it's very easy to miss. Once you walk in, it's like you've stepped into a cafe in Italy. Two thumbs up!

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★★★★★

What I liked most was the food and ambience! I totally recommend this hidden gem for cozy dinners or fun group dinners. I wasn't sure what to expect, especially since the restaurant was located in a strip mall and it's very easy to miss. Once you walk in, it's like you've stepped into a cafe in Italy. Two thumbs up!

Pros: Ambience, Food, Good parking

Cons: Hidden location

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Truly authentic Italian food, owned by Italians. This restaurant truly lives up to all the positive feedback it has received. The place is small and quaint and non pretentious. Great place for a date. I brought my wife here on Valentines day, and despite the place being packed, food nor service was sacrificed. They also gave all the women a rose at the end of your diner, which I though was a nice gesture. Try the carpaccio!! Try this place, as you will not be disappointed.

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★★★★★

Truly authentic Italian food, owned by Italians. This restaurant truly lives up to all the positive feedback it has received. The place is small and quaint and non pretentious. Great place for a date. I brought my wife here on Valentines day, and despite the place being packed, food nor service was sacrificed. They also gave all the women a rose at the end of your diner, which I though was a nice gesture. Try the carpaccio!! Try this place, as you will not be disappointed.

Pros: FOOD, Ambiance, SERVICE

Cons: NONE

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My wife and used previous comments in this forum to try this restaurant recently on New Year's eve 2005 and it lived up to its reputation. The service, food, and ambience were excellent. We could not have gone to a better establishment for our holiday in Florida. We come from an area where Italian food is common and very well prepared. Cafe Vico was outstanding. We spoke to some local regulars at the next table for tips on some of their better dishes and their opinion was to try anything on the menu, and we now agree.

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★★★★★

My wife and used previous comments in this forum to try this restaurant recently on New Year's eve 2005 and it lived up to its reputation. The service, food, and ambience were excellent. We could not have gone to a better establishment for our holiday in Florida. We come from an area where Italian food is common and very well prepared. Cafe Vico was outstanding. We spoke to some local regulars at the next table for tips on some of their better dishes and their opinion was to try anything on the menu, and we now agree.

Pros: food, ambience, service

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If you love Italian food, this is the place to go. The room is sufficiently lit to read the menu but the lighting is soft. The food is exquisite. The stuffed veal chop and osso buco was incredible as was the hot appetizer. The veal chop oozed with cheese and the proscuitto was wonderful. The mussels and clams on the hot appetizer were good but the grilled calamari was right from Sicily. The roasted eggplant in a balsamic vinagarette on the platter was to die for. Save room for tiramisu

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★★★★★

If you love Italian food, this is the place to go. The room is sufficiently lit to read the menu but the lighting is soft. The food is exquisite. The stuffed veal chop and osso buco was incredible as was the hot appetizer. The veal chop oozed with cheese and the proscuitto was wonderful. The mussels and clams on the hot appetizer were good but the grilled calamari was right from Sicily. The roasted eggplant in a balsamic vinagarette on the platter was to die for. Save room for tiramisu

Pros: ambiance, incredible food

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All the food is greta but watch out for specials...they are expensive,. We paid $27 for a risotto ! vegetarian. WOW.!

1
★★★☆☆

All the food is greta but watch out for specials...they are expensive,. We paid $27 for a risotto ! vegetarian. WOW.!

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From the moment you walk in the resturant till the time you leave you will recieve their excellent service we all deserve. The Lasagna was Super Delicious, Anyone who plans to go to Cafe Vico MUST try the Lasagna.

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★★★★★

From the moment you walk in the resturant till the time you leave you will recieve their excellent service we all deserve. The Lasagna was Super Delicious, Anyone who plans to go to Cafe Vico MUST try the Lasagna.

Pros: Inexpensive

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I am in the restaurant bussines...and i have to tell you that this is THE BEST Italian restaurant i have ever gone to....great ambience, beautiful people, .....i had a very good waiter....i don't quiet remember his name, but he had long hair....and sounded brazilian......awesome service......hands down

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★★★★★

I am in the restaurant bussines...and i have to tell you that this is THE BEST Italian restaurant i have ever gone to....great ambience, beautiful people, .....i had a very good waiter....i don't quiet remember his name, but he had long hair....and sounded brazilian......awesome service......hands down

Pros: expensive, a little far, hard to find

Cons: awesome food, worth the drive

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I took my wife to Cafe Vico for her birthday and we had an incredible experience. The food was superb, the service excellent, and the whole experience spectacular. Best of all Vico is affordable enough to go regularly without breaking the bank. Highly recommed.

2
★★★★★

I took my wife to Cafe Vico for her birthday and we had an incredible experience. The food was superb, the service excellent, and the whole experience spectacular. Best of all Vico is affordable enough to go regularly without breaking the bank. Highly recommed.

Pros: Great Specials, Great Service, High Qulaity

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I can say that the the food and service was superb. My guests could not stop talking about the wonderful service and food they received. Cafe Vico thank you for making taking care of my guests. I will highly recommend your restuarant to all my friends.

2
★★★★★

I can say that the the food and service was superb. My guests could not stop talking about the wonderful service and food they received. Cafe Vico thank you for making taking care of my guests. I will highly recommend your restuarant to all my friends.

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very pleasant. Owner kisses every woman's hand when they leave.

2
★★★★★

very pleasant. Owner kisses every woman's hand when they leave.

Pros: good food, good ambiance

Cons: crowded, no reservations

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I have been going here for four years, and never have had less than I expect. Great food, wonderful specials, a terrific host and hostess (Marco and Eclair), great service. Try the best Lasagna anywhere!

2
★★★★★

I have been going here for four years, and never have had less than I expect. Great food, wonderful specials, a terrific host and hostess (Marco and Eclair), great service. Try the best Lasagna anywhere!

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

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I have been to all great italian restaurants in town.La Tavernetta which is my favorite, Primavera, Casa d'angelo, Cafe Mortorano. Cafe Vico name came up. So I checked it out. It was a total dispointement. The food was bland. The fresh pasta, his pride, sticked together. The prices were way too high for the quality delivered. A glass of wine $ 7, out of a bottle that must have cost him $5. A single, not even fresh baked cannoli $6. No I do not understand the other critiques. Yes, the owner was there that evening, but talked the whole time to one single customers and did not greet any one who walked in that door.
The place of this restaurant is more closely to a Mulino.

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★★☆☆☆

I have been to all great italian restaurants in town.La Tavernetta which is my favorite, Primavera, Casa d'angelo, Cafe Mortorano. Cafe Vico name came up. So I checked it out. It was a total dispointement. The food was bland. The fresh pasta, his pride, sticked together. The prices were way too high for the quality delivered. A glass of wine $ 7, out of a bottle that must have cost him $5. A single, not even fresh baked cannoli $6. No I do not understand the other critiques. Yes, the owner was there that evening, but talked the whole time to one single customers and did not greet any one who walked in that door.
The place of this restaurant is more closely to a Mulino.

Cons: too expensive, does not live up

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A simple elegance that appeals to the eye and the palate. Nestled away in small strip shopping maul a surprise oasis that might bring you back to old Italy once you are inside. Service that is usually found in the old country. Higly recommended. A place to be valued and visited often.

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★★★★★

A simple elegance that appeals to the eye and the palate. Nestled away in small strip shopping maul a surprise oasis that might bring you back to old Italy once you are inside. Service that is usually found in the old country. Higly recommended. A place to be valued and visited often.

Pros: excellent food, good value, outstanding service

Cons: parking, small seating, not easy to find

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My husband Brendan and I frequent this restaurant for its New York charm, which we miss being from Brooklyn. The food is so great, but it's all in the specials here, they are the ticket to a superb meal. The service is super, Mario the owner always takes the time to welcome you, and the atmosphere is right out of the west village, cool, trendy and romantic. Great for people watching and an all around hit! We had to nominate this one!

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My husband Brendan and I frequent this restaurant for its New York charm, which we miss being from Brooklyn. The food is so great, but it's all in the specials here, they are the ticket to a superb meal. The service is super, Mario the owner always takes the time to welcome you, and the atmosphere is right out of the west village, cool, trendy and romantic. Great for people watching and an all around hit! We had to nominate this one!

Pros: food, atmosphere, service

Cons: none

 

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