Many of the rustic dishes chef-owner Vincent Foti prepares at Kitchenetta are from recipes handed down by his Sicilian great-grandmother, but you would hardly call his Fort Lauderdale restaurant Old World. Brooklyn-born Foti and his wife, Maria, whose family is from Salerno, opened Kitchenetta in 2004. He had experience in just about every aspect of the restaurant business, and sleek Kitchenetta reflects his years in hip New York and Los Angeles markets. Each dish is offered in both individual and family sizes, and while most are $20 and up, even most solo portions are large. A tip: You'll certainly want to split a pasta, and two can easily share a starter and entree. Bring four or more to share family-size dishes.
Along with an extensive menu, in English and Italian, there are a dozen or so nightly specials explained by servers with good memories and varying degrees of patience. One seemed annoyed with our questions, but another was patient and helpful.
The wine list (Italian and American plus champagne) ranges from a $28 Villa Rogole Chianti to a $225 Perrier Jouet Flower Brut with most bottles under $50. At least 30 are offered by the glass.
Ambience: Stainless-steel tables, concrete floors and exposed ceilings create an industrial look that's brightened by playful shades of tangerine and lime. While easy to miss on U.S. 1, the place is usually packed and gets loud, so it can be hard to have a conversation. To avoid the high-decibel din, arrive early or dine on the patio.
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