A Family Tradition
By: Marla Horn Lazarus
“Over the years, I have added my own touches and even created a few new recipes, all with the goal of giving you a truly authentic yet modern taste of my homeland.”
Upon entering Casa D’Angelo, Chef Angelo and his wife Denise warmly greeted us as if we were going to their home for dinner. “I created Casa D’Angelo with recipes handed down to me from generations of passionate Italian cooks, like Mama Elia” said Angelo. The menu focuses on fresh, seasonable ingredients; some imported directly from Italy and feature many nightly specials. Relaxing in the beautiful wine room, our Italian Tuscan culinary adventure began with a wonderful Antipasto Angelo, an assortment of seasonal grilled vegetables and sliced bufala mozzarella as well as the Gamberi Alla Mamma Giovanna, succulent Tiger prawns wrapped in Italian pancetta, grilled and served over broccoli rabe. The Melanzane Ripiene Al Prosciutto e mozzarella, baby Italian eggplant filled with San Daniele prosciutto Di Parma and bufala mozzarella with fresh tomato puree and basil is fantastic. The fresh Carpaccio Di Tonno Con Arugula Plio e limone, carpaccio of tuna, chiffonade of arugula was drizzled with lemon oil. Polenta Salsiccia e Porcini, soft polenta with house made sausage and porcini was a party in our mouths.
Fresh pastas are perfect to share or as entrée offer Orecchiette Salsiccia e Broccoli Rapini, orecchiette with homemade sausage, broccoli table, extra virgin oil and the Lasagnette D’Angelo, Angelo’s special lasagna layers ragu of meat, homemade mozzarella and Reggiano. The Linguine Positano with shrimp sautéed with white wine, garlic, fresh tomato and arugula is delicious while the Pappardelle Con Porcini, with porcini mushrooms, fresh tomato, white wine and herbs burst with flavor. The fabulous Rigatoni Alla Norcina is made with homemade sausage, winter mushrooms, pomodoro San Marzano and a dollop of fresh ricotta and the creamy Risotto Con Porcini with porcini mushrooms and white truffle oil is simply perfect.
Choosing from the grill and wood-burning oven is certainly a treat. Galletto Ruspante Al Forno Aromatico, juicy wood oven roasted free-range chicken with roasted garlic, white wine, cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs is served with broccoli rabe and Tuscan potatoes. The tender Bistecca Alla Fiorentina is a 12 oz. oak grilled, dry aged New York strip steak, marinated in olive oil, rosemary and garlic and served with sweet Vidalia onion and wild mushrooms. The Costoletta Di Vitello Alla Griglia Con Funghetti Trifolati, marinated 16 oz. grilled veal chop with sautéed wild mushrooms in a fresh rosemary sauce, is amazing and the Gamberoni Al Vino Bianco e Olive Taggiasche, jumbo prawns sautéed in white wine, garlic, fresh tomato and imported Ligurian olives is just spectacular. On the lighter side, the Pesce Del Giorno Arrosto o Alla Griglia, Chef Angelo specially selects fresh fish of the day, roasted or grilled.
Irresistible sides, large enough to share offer a variety of selections including cannellini tiepidi all’olio d’oliva, traditional Tuscan white beans served warm with extra virgin olive oil and cherry tomatoes. Another side is the broccoli rabe in padella, sautéed broccoli rabe in garlic, oil and crushed red peppers as well as the verdura del giorno, grigliati alla Toscana, grilled vegetables of the season.
Along with our cappuccino, we indulged in creamy Ricotta Cheesecake and luscious Ricotta Cannoli. The Apple Tart, served with cinnamon gelato and the Chocolate Delizia, served with vanilla gelato were decadent and delightful. Homemade Tiramisu is silky and luscious, just like the Frutti di Bosco e Zabaglione (homemade sabayon with fresh berries).
Just like a fine wine, Casa D’Angelo gets better and better with every passing year and we thoroughly enjoyed our journey to Italy with Chef Angelo. Open daily for dinner at the Fort Lauderdale or Boca Raton locations, reservation are recommended. Casa D’Angelo is the prefect choice for any occasion. As Chef Angelo says, “I look forward to greeting you personally at one of my tables soon.” Bon Appétit…
201 N. Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, FL
171 E. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, FL
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2104 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL