BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Valentino Cucina Italiana
620 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-523-5767; ValentinoCucinaItaliana.com
From its humble 2006 start in a small storefront on South Federal Highway to its 2012 move to bigger and more stylish surroundings just south of the New River tunnel, chef-owner Giovanni Rocchio’s Valentino Cucina has always let the food do the talking. Specialties such as veal chop with truffle jus and tortelli with butternut squash and pumpkin seed are matched by top-flight service and decor. It is expensive and worth it.
Readers’ choice: Casa D’Angelo Ristorante, Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale
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