D'Angelo offers an extensive,
classic Italian menu with a variety of pizzas, calzones, tapas and wine.
here to view the menu.
-Review by Mark Magazine
New pizza, tapas and wine bar impresses
Angelo Elia has once again reinvented his Italian culinary mastery in
his newly opened D’Angelo, a tapas, pizza and wine bar just three miles
north of his signature restaurant Casa D’Angelo in Fort Lauderdale.
The interior is sleek and modern yet the atmosphere is casual and fun
with an outside seating area as well fit for beautiful nights under the
stars. The restaurant located just south of Commercial Blvd on US-1 does
not take reservations so we arrived at 8 p.m. on Sunday to avoid a wait.
The restaurant to our surprise was quite full and busy with activity
even on a Sunday evening, which was a promising sign of what lay ahead.
Our friendly and very knowledgeable server started us off with two
glasses of Planeta, La Segreta Rosso 2006 for $8 each. The wine list
consisted of about 65 different Italian wines with a healthy number of
wines offered by the glass along with only one Italian beer and a few
other imports and domestics.
The menu consists of tapas, salads, soups, pizze, pizza bianche,
bruschette, ceviche, carpacci, paninis, calzones, wood oven frittata,
cheeses and cold cuts. We started off with two large veal and pecorino
cheese meatballs braised in tomato sauce ($9) and chicken liver mousse
with vin santo (translates to Saint wine as it is fit for a Saint) ($7).
The meatballs were big, juicy and full of flavor. Lots of extra sauce
allowed for smothering each bite with more of the goodness that made
these simple meatballs very enjoyable. A big fan of chicken liver
mousse, I liked D’Angelo’s take.
crispy fontina polenta with reggiano and roasted porcini ($10), which we
ordered next was one of my favorites. While the polenta wasn’t really
crispy, the flavors worked remarkably well together and our plate was
overflowing with hearty porcini mushrooms and an amazing sauce that
absorbed all the rich flavors of the mushrooms. I would definitely have
this dish again.
Finally, we had to try one of the over 20 pizzas on the menu and decided
on the Angelo – a pizze bianche with buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto,
arugula and shaved reggiano ($13). The pizza tasted great and the
flavor combinations were successful. The prosciutto contrasted nicely
with the delicate buffalo mozzarella while the arugula added a nicely
balanced bite. The pizze menu included everything from shrimp to tuna to
asparagus and Italian sausage and I will definitely be back to sample
For about $30 a person including wine, we were very happy with the
spread we had and the extensive menu will keep me coming back to try
more. And when in the mood for a more traditional Italian meal in a more
rustic setting, I will venture a couple miles down US-1 to sister
restaurant, Casa D’Angelo.