I am breaking one of my own rules, and I don’t care.
I have always said I would not claim something as “the best I ever ate” if I had not tried enough of a particular food to compare.
Scratch that. For now, at least.
This past week, I had the opportunity to try a local Italian restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, Casa D’ Angelo. I have wanted to try this place for a while now, but it is pretty pricey and shocking, not in my current budget. What do you do when you really want to try a restaurant and can’t afford it? You wait for your family to take you there.
I had family visiting from NY who suggested we all go to Casa D’ Angelo for dinner. That’s right, I didn’t even have to debate internally whether it was rude of me to pick such an expensive restaurant because they picked it themselves. Amazing. The food here was so good and so authentic Italian, as judged by my relatives from Italy, that we ended up going back AGAIN before they left. I seriously hit the food lottery that week.
One of the main persuasive forces of returning a second time was this risotto.
I ordered it on a whim as an appetizer for my boyfriend and I because I have never had a truly authentic risotto, and I certainly don’t have the time or willingness to add 5 sticks of butter to make this on my own. I don’t care that I have not tried other risottos, and I don’t care that this is one of the least photogenic dishes ever- this risotto was pure heaven. The truffle oil and porcini mushrooms added just the right amount of flavor on top of the divine creaminess of the cheese and other goodness in here. The rice itself was perfectly al dente. My
hard to impossible to please Italian grandmother raved about this risotto. This was seriously one of my favorite appetizers from a restaurant ever. You can also order it as an entree, but I think the appetizer portion was plenty satisfying.
If you are ever in Ft. Lauderdale and looking for the best Italian food, go to Casa D’Angelo. Order this risotto whether or not it is on the menu that day. Somehow.
Every other part of my dining experience was delicious and blog-worthy as well.
I ordered the linguine positano as my entree, which is linguine with shrimp sauteed in white wine, with garlic, fresh tomato, and arugula. I thought this dish was phenomenal- fresh, simple yet flavorful, and filling. The shrimp were a bit on the firm side, but I suppose that is better than overly cooked, rubbery shrimp.
So, my recommendations to you all: 1. Plan a trip to Ft. Lauderdale, if you don’t live nearby. 2. Invite family to cover the bill (joking, kind of.) 3. Demand to try the mushroom risotto. 4. Order anything else as an entree 5. Drink wine to enhance good time and better tolerate family and 6. Pass out in food coma.