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Oct 25, 2010 05:00 AM

Mid Priced Italian for Foodie Relative and others

My sister will be staying in a hotel at the 17th St. Causeway in a few weeks. She is a foodie (gourmet home cook) and will be with her husband (he just loves any food) and possibly other friends. Would like something really good but not something that will break their bank. We have just one night with them so will really want to catch up and chat so nothing too noisy. Thanks

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  1. Bistro Mezzaluna is good, but probably not really mid-priced. It is pretty much at the corner of 17th and Federal Hwy. Further east on 17th, Giorgio's Brick Oven Pizza fits the bill as quality mid-range Italian. The original Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza is close by too, although it is not a full Italian menu. But the pizza is great.

    Bistro Mezzaluna
    713 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

    Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
    2203 S Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

    1. Frankie and Johnny's on E. Commercial Blvd has very good southern Italian food and Sette Bello on Federal Hwy at 62nd St. has more sophisticated and delicious Northern Italian food. The former has a wonderful singer (Sinatra type) and you should eat outside as the inside is cramped. The latter is quiet, nice atmosphere. Both are 10-15 minutes from 17th St.

      1. Valentino's, 1145 Federal Highway, is a little expensive -- more like an anniversary or birthday place -- but the food is exquisite and unforgettable. It's just a bit north of 17th Street on Federal. Your sister won't be disappointed, and you'll look like a hero.

        And, really -- isn't that what it's all about?

        1. Head west to university drive and Hollywood blvd. Capriccio restaurant has excellent food and reasonably priced. In plantation try josef's. Northern Italian. Do not expect pizza in either one.

          1. I would definitely agree with Valentino's which has amazing food, great service and a very relaxed, quiet atmosphere. Mezzaluna is okay, but loud, so conversation would be difficult. Capriccio is good, but in my opinion, not worth the drive. There are too many other options much closer to where they are staying. Casa D'Angelo on Federal Highway is also very good and probably the same price range as Valentino's. Also very good in F.L. is Cafe Vico.

            Cafe Vico
            1125 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304