Ten Best Italian Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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1. Valentino's Cucina ItalianaHoney, this is not your average red-checkered tablecloth, red-sauce Italian spot. Winner of New Times Best Broward County Restaurant - 2013, Valentino Cucina Italiana specializes in Northern Italian cuisine with an edge. Dishes like the ham and egg raviolo, a playful dish filled with ricotta, asparagus, and egg yolk finished in truffle butter and pancetta and the roasted beet salad with mascarpone, apple, hazelnuts, mint, shallots, and a vanilla vinaigrette take preconceived notions of traditional American Italian cuisine and turn them inside out. Add a posh yet homey atmosphere and the most comprehensive cocktail program in Broward and Palm Beach counties and you have yourself the best. We'll raise a fork to that.

Whether you're of Italian descent or not, there's something soothing about simply prepared plates of pasta.

Maybe there's a stress-relieving physiological response to gluten; maybe it's a carb hangover -- either way, it works.

There once was a time in which Italian cuisine was symbolized by little more than spaghetti and meatballs with red sauce. Hey, we're not bashing it, but it's not really Italian -- in fact, that combination was devised in New York.

Over the past decade or so, we've seen that other regional variations and styles of food from across Italy's boot have become increasingly common. Frankly, we think it's awesome.

From the Northern Alps to Tuscany to the South, we're all about Italian.

With that, we decided to compile a list of the ten best Italian restaurants in South Florida. Get more delicious details on the ten best Italian restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

Published on July 26, 2013

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