I designed the place a relaxed, soothing and cozy. Customers, whether kids or adults loved to stay for hours; enjoying the ambiance. Food are cook from scratced. Food requests done 1-2 days ahead. Prepayment is requested/No refunds after we ordered ingredients to vendors or butcher
As an Exec. 40 years of Cooking exp. Consulted in a start-up restaurant. Previously owned an Italian Pizzeria/Restaurant . All recipes at Casareccio are passed down from Sicilian Mothers. Cooking and Wine is my passion. We love what we are doing and it reflects in every single clean plate that comes back from the dining table
Exec Chef Sal
Dinner with friends, we shared 3 appetizers. Fresh burrata and fried burrata were excellent. Grilled octopus was very good but smallish portion to share. The 4 of us all had different pastas and they were all very good. I had the Sicilian specialty of linguini with spicy garlic, pine nuts, raisins, and bread crumbs. Flavours were subtle and tied in perfectly. My wife had the lobster ravioli and I finished off the sauce in her plate!! It was exquisite. Our friends had the pappardelle with mushrooms and truffle and linguini with Manila clams. They both said it was fantastic. We shared 2 exceptional desserts, ricotta cake and tiramisu. This husband and wife team really compliment each other, he’s a great chef and she is a great hostess. If you’re in the mood for comfort food with a foodie twist, check this place out!
The entire experience was outstanding. Service. Reservation honored. Food excellent. Best pasta dishes.
Thoroughly enjoyed evening. Will certainly return
New Years Eve
Fabulous food in a small venue. Great fresh food with a daily menu, looking forward to return.
If you love a small family run Italian restaurant with fresh homemade authentic Italian dishes, this is your place!!!
No menus the daily menu is on the wall and if you don’t see something you want, all you need to do is ask, unlike other restaurants at this one they love to make special orders and make your dining experience unrushed and perfect.
I love this small Italian restaurant and will be back many times to come.
What a delightful restaurant. We ordered three pasta dishes; pasta with bolognese, pasta with mushroom & sausage sauce and their lobster ravioli. All were prepared perfectly and wonder flavors. The wine was a good value. The staff were very helpful, friendly and made it a perfect experience.
Amazing!!!!! Best italian food in South Florida! Just perfect!
CASARECCIO is a neighborhood gem tucked away on Federal Highway between Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. It is a refreshing alternative to countless cookie cutter Italian restaurants. CASARECCIO means “homemade” and this cozy, intimate establishment truly captures the atmosphere of a traditional Italian trattoria. It is decorated in a rural, rustic style with repurposed wood strips on the walls and heavy wooden tables with white butcher paper as table linens The customers are greeted warmly at the door by co-owner Emilia. The ever changing menu of offerings is based on the availability of only the freshest ingredients. The menu is relatively limited but, it includes a selection of items sufficiently diverse to satisfy most customers. That said, the kitchen offers to whip up specialty entrees with two days advanced notice. The wine list is limited but extremely well priced. Service is efficient and attentive. It was obvious that a number of customers were regulars and on a first name basis with the staff.
Where CASARECCIO really excels is in the quality of the food. “Homemade” is indeed with watchword. The ingredients are the freshest available and the recipes are genuine and old world. They start you off with fresh and crusty bread with a serving of sweet and savory caponata and zesty green olives. We had the fried burrata appetizer which was rich and creamy with a delicate tomato sauce sprinkled with pecorino cheese. We followed with a plate of bucatini alla matriciana and pappardelle with porcini and salsiccia. Both pastas were homemade, included only traditional ingredients and were cooked authentically as confirmed by Chef Sal who visited to table to check on quality of the food. For dessert we chose a lemon tartufo which was light, delicate and the perfect complement to the rich, flavorful pastas. CASARECCIO offers a truly enjoyable culinary experience for anyone seeking genuine, traditional Italian food in a charming, welcoming environment.
This was our third time dining here and once again everything was wonderful. My husband had the Chicken Parmesan and it has become his favorite. I had the lobster ravioli and it was delicious.
Please do not let the size fool you, the food was amazing, Amelia was an incredible host. All of the food is fresh, there is no fixed menu, rather daily specials prepared just the way you like. It is a little pricey but worth every penny. If you have someone special in your life that you would like to have that WOW experience, this is the place.
We were very disappointed after reading good reviews. The location in an almost vacant strip mall was sketchy. From the moment I walked in all I could smell were cheap cleaning agents—maybe reassuring to some, but rather nauseating and they lingered. I wanted to smell garlic and fresh bread but all I smelled were the floors. The menu was limited, which was to be expected. But the prices were outrageous. A VERY small portion of chicken Park was $35 with no salad or anything- just bread which we had to ask for. Our server was polite but not knowledgeable. The wine list was generic so we brought our own. They charged $15 corkage only to open it and bring us glasses. Our server never returned to pour another glass. Same with the water. We had to ask and then they just plunked a bottle down in front of us. No one ever poured it for us or filled our glasses. It is a tiny place. It is not as though they lost track of us! They also sat another couple at our table when there were other tables Ava. Not cool. It was our anniversary and we really didn’t want to hear their conversation or them ours. All in all it was a regrettable and expensive outing with ok food and mediocre service. We will not be back.
As longtime customers, we can say with certainty that Casareccio is one of the finest Italian restaurants in the greater Fort Lauderdale area. Ingredients are fresh and the menu changes daily. A must try is the lobster ravioli, with it's creamy tomato sauce. Service is 1 st. Class with a warm smile. Treat yourself and try this gem in Pompano Beach. You won't regret it!!!!
great food cooked to order
Casareccio's is a great place to get homemade Italian food in a cozy atmosphere. The menu changes daily and both times we have been there the food has been excellent. It is a very small place so I recommend making a reservation. Also note that if you have more than 6-8 people in your party, this place may not work for you. The service is personal and you can tell the waitress is invested in the experience. Overall this is a standout in a sea of Italian restaurants in the area.
The owner makes everyone feel at home. Will definitely go back.
Food was excellent, staff is very friendly and personable. 5 Stars
Like eating at grandmas table. What a wonderful restaurant!
If you are looking for a no nonsense authentic Italian food, skillfully prepared using super fresh ingredients, this restaurant will not disappoint you. I would call it simply a "Neighborhood gem". This is a small place, run by owners dedicated to deliver quality food. Some veal dishes, like i.e. Osso buco must be ordered in advance.
Thank You Emilia and Salvatore for a delicious diner and to welcoming us so warmly on our first visit to your place. We are recommending your Restaurant wholeheartedly! See you soon!
If you like amazingly fresh and authentic Italian inspired food, this is the restaurant for you. The menu changes almost every evening as the chef/owner shops for the finest ingredients during the day and prepares your meal before you arrive. I cannot rave enough about the dining experience!
Great find, don't know what took us so long. Fabulous dinner! UNprentious and so delicious! Stuffed artichoke is unique and so tasty. Tripe was fabulous, so down to earth and yummy. Pastas were so el dente and delicious. This place is one of the best in Fort Lauderdale! Casa D"angelo is very good, but expensive and pretentious, so great alternative. Our new favourite!
Food was excellent! Fresh and outstandingly prepared. Service was fantastic- caring and not rushed. Love this place!
This is our favorite place. The owners, a husband and wife, go out of their way to make sure that you are enjoying your dinner. They are extremely friendly, warm, and welcoming. Everything is extremely fresh and so wonderfully delicious! A great find! ❤️
Small, intimate restaurant with huge taste and all hand made pasta dishes to dream about.
We ate recently with friends and each had a different dish. They were all so good, it's hard to declare one a winner but the bolognese was terrific and tasty. The chicken parmesan met with approval from a very
picky eater and the mushroom cream sauce was decadent and delicious. Don't dream about real Italian food, go to Casareccio and be indulged.
Small authentic southern Italian restaurant.
Best Italian food ,everything was made fresh to order.
Always a great meal. Wonderfully fresh food skillfully prepared
Delightful! This experience was memorable. The food, service and ambiance is simply special!
Outstanding gem hidden away. Looking for some incredible authentic Italian food, come here!
My husband and I totally enjoyed our dining experience at Casareccio. It was so much fun reading off their chalkboard menu. There were so many good things it was hard to decide what to order. We decided on the homemade pasta with shrimp and the Branzino. The food was EXCELLENT!! Everything was fresh and made from scratch when you order. We felt as if we were back in Italy.... We will definitely be going back soon.
This restaurant came highly recommended. The server stresses that the restaurant wants to cook for the customer according to their wishes. I stressed I like my pasta well done. The lobster ravioli were delicious as was the sauce, but they were not well done!. At $35 for lobster ravioli (not too much lobster) I feel the price should have included a little salad.
Everyone in our party did not like the fact you had to read the menu from a chalk board. We felt they could have had a basic menu printed and then the specials could be spoken by the server or printed daily (as most restaurants do)
There are so many fine restaurants in this area that we unfortunately not be returning to this one.
Good overall experience. We will go back, the quality of the food was top notch!
Wonderful, inventive, delicious well-prepared food.
Service by the friendly, informative owners was nothing short of terrific.
Only 7 tables in the restaurant but once you snare a reservation, the table is yours for the evening.
The only negative distraction is the restaurant’s location; in a small strip center next door to a “palm reader”.
Will definitely return ASAP.
Been there a few times. Excellent food . Amelia greets you very friendly, husband Salvatore he is the chief he comes out and serves the food sometimes and talks with you. I’ve had grilled octopus, mushroom sauce pasta, grass fed ragu with rigatoni, husband had spaghetti Sicilian olive oil garlic with a hint of anchovy husband has come back for this dish. I just keep trying different things. So delicious. Try it you won’t be disappointed.
Great meal wonderful couple a lot of fun. Can’t wait to return
One of our new favorite places for Italian food. The food was fresh and delicious. We ordered multiple appetizers and entrees, as well as dessert. All were amazing. The service was great. I would highly recommend this place for a truly authentic Italian meal.
When we arrived we were greeted by Amelia! She is one of the owners and is also the waitress! She is delightful and so is Salvatore who is also the chef! What a wonderful, homey and simply decorated restaurant. Specials of the day are written on the blackboard! I had the stuffed artichoke which was excellent! My husband had burrato with prosciutto- excellent! My friend had the grilled octopus - excellent ! Our dinners were amazing! Everything was delicious, service wonderful and I can’t wait to go back! I almost didn’t respond to this request for a review because I don’t want this place to become so crowded that I can’t get in! Truly a wonderful find! Thank you Amelia and Salvatore !
WOW!!!!! Without a question of a doubt, if you are looking for a place to eat, stop looking and go to Casareccio. Period. End of story. You will absolutely love it. Atmosphere is perfect, cozy and inviting. Between the service and the food I can't decide which was better, is there really anything better than perfect though? As a former restaurant manager I have never felt compelled to write a review before but everything this evening left my wife and I in awe. We're now planning on how we are going to get them to move to Baltimore! Everything is fresh, delicious, and perfectly executed. Having never visited before, from the moment we walked in we were treated like family. I cannot recommend this place enough! Just visit and find out yourself!!!
PS. Thank you so much for the wonderful anniversary mention this evening on your chalboard! You made my wife and I's night, everything was absolutely wonderful!
What a fabulous, family restaurant. Read good things so decided to try. Easy to miss as in a small restaurant in a small strip center. Reception was incredibly friendly entering the restaurant. Diverse, interesting menu on chalkboard. Server (owner) explained how everything worked. Chose a nice Chardonnay to start. Nice crusty bread served with olives and a sweet marinated dish. Shared some of the best lightly fried tender calamari rings I have ever eaten. Two of us had the shrimp and scallops dish and it was spectacular. Third person enjoyed gnocchi dish and that was wonderful also. Service very attentive and friendly. Overall one of the best Italian dining experiences I have had in a long, long time, and I was in Italy last fall! Strongly recommend.
Disregard the appearance of the front of building and walk through the front door. This place is absolutely amazing. You feel like you're back in Sicily from the quiet tables to the hand written menu on the wall. Do yourself a favor, find a couple of hours one night and visit this kind family. You won't be disappointed.
Finally a replacement for Pompano’s former hole in the wall Philomena’s. Limited offerings done fabulously in a non-pretentious setting with homey service and interaction. Expensive, but this is the cost for home made quality. My only criticism is the red wine is served way to warm, but really an easy fix.
Tell people about this place, but not too many.
As close to being in Italy eating at a neighborhood Tratatoria as you can find in Fort Lauderdale. Food was authentic, made to order with mouth watering flavors. Menu changes weekly assuring the freshest ingreediants. Friendly family atmosphere, very service conscious. A clean eclectic environment that made us feel welcome as soon as we arrived. We could tell it was one of those neighborhood haunts the locals hope the tourists don't discover. The Octopus is a must try. We highly recommend you try this establishment. You can't help but cherish the food while enjoying the chef's tableside conversation.