By: Marla Horn Lazarus
“The only question you have at the end of your meal is when can you come back.”
As Marco greeted us at the door, we felt as if we were entering a friend’s home. Don’t be deceived by the storefront appearance, the intimate interior is a warm and inviting and the aroma is divine. With so much love and passion, Café Vico creates many exquisite flavors of Italy. Crusty warm rolls with chopped garlic and herbs in olive oil were brought to our table and were devoured instantly. Our gourmet adventure began with an array of delectable appetizers including polpeta a la fontina, home made meatballs topped with fontina cheese in a spicy marinara sauce while the eggplant rollatini stuffed with ricotta cheese and pignoli nuts, topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella melted in our mouths. With plenty of bread to soak up the delicious sauce, we enjoyed the fragrant steamed mussels Rosso in a spicy tomato sauce with garlic and basil, as well as the steamed clams Bianco in white wine sauce with garlic and basil. Large enough to share, the artichoke stuffed with breadcrumbs, oregano and parmesan was wonderful.
Make sure to indulge in risotto with beef, asparagus, black truffles and white truffle oil or the creamy risotto loaded with shrimp, scallops, calamari, mussels and clams in white wine sauce. Café Vico makes all of their pastas fresh daily and the results are amazing. Our selection of ravioli was a perfect combination of chicken stuffed in al dente delicate pillows of pasta topped with a port wine black cherry sauce as well as seafood stuffed pasta in a creamy lobster sauce. The irresistible Lasagna Bolognese, stuffed with meat sauce and finished with béchamel sauce, is voted the best lasagna in Broward. Pasta lovers beware, there are many wonderful choices such as the spinach spaghetti pesto in a creamy basil sauce, and whole-wheat primavera with mixed vegetables in tomato sauce or black spaghetti in a spicy fresh plum tomato sauce. Don’t miss the penne alla vodka or the luscious Linguini al Vongole Bianco or Roso with white or red clam sauce. Papardelle con Rapini Salsicha with Italian sausage and broccoli rabe in garlic while the Gnocchi Formaggio were home made potato dumplings served with cream and the most delicious combination of four cheeses. You can’t go wrong with any shape of pasta, along with a variety of fillings and sauces. They are all truly incredible.
Moving on to the entrees, with very little room to spare, we selected the evening’s special, Fruto di Mare, loaded with muscles, clams, calamari, scallops, shrimp and lobster in a in a choice of creamy, spicy or marinara sauce over black and white pasta. Simply, one of the best ever! The tender Vitello Saltimbocca was served with mozzarella, and prosciutto in a brown sauce and Shrimp Scampi in a garlic, lemon, and wine sauce over angel hair pasta.WOW! The Chicken Tricolore, grilled chicken breast served with fresh arugula salad, was on the lighter side.
Don’t forget to save room for the wonderful home made desserts espresso and creamy cappuccino. The silky blueberry Crème Brulee, Apple Torta, slices of golden apples caramelized, served with vanilla ice cream, was just perfect along with the crispy Cannolli pastry shell filled with homemade cannolli cream dotted with chocolate. Tiramisu was a creamy combination of Mascarpone cheese, ladyfingers, espresso coffee and the chef’s special liquor. Italian style ricotta cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse Cake, and imported fruit sorbet are a perfect ending to any meal.
Cafe Vico offers all the items on the menu for takeout or catering. Whether it is dinner for one or food for hundreds, bring Café Vico into your home to create delicious antipasto platters including Italian sliced meats and vegetables or create full, multi-course dinners ready to be picked up.
Step away from the busy streets of Fort Lauderdale and into a warm embrace of flavors. Open for lunch and dinner, Café Vico is more than a delicious dinner; it’s a lasting memory. Bon Appétit …
1125 Federal Highway , Fort Lauderdale.