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Fra Diavolo




Name: Alex Guzman

Occupation: Senior Accountant

Lives In: Miami, FL

Restaurant Pick: Pisco y Nazca

Reviewed: Fra Diavolo

We arrived at this Lauderhill establishment somewhat late on Saturday and found plenty of parking. As such, we had no problem finding our preferred seats. The first server to greet and seat us was quite friendly and made us feel at home. The captain took our drink order, a glass of water and a bottle of Peroni. While the beer was poured over a frozen glass, the waters were served on beautiful blue-tinted glass. After a few minutes, we ordered the Fried Calamari appetizer and our dinner (Shrimp Fra Diavolo for me and Veal Foresteria for my date). Shortly thereafter, a portion of bread (half with parmesan cheese and the other half with garlic) were served with a bowl veggies and beans. Though we had eaten Fried Calamari the night before, we were awfully pleased with taste and consistency of this dish. When the main course arrived, we were expecting greatness; we were not disappointed. Her veal was tender and the vegetables that replaced her pasta were fantastic. My dish was delicious and balance; incredibly tasty with a fair amount of spice. Once we finished, there was no room for dessert but there was no need for further evaluation. This restaurant is an instant classic. I cannot wait to return!

Name: Daniela Conn

Occupation: Teacher

Lives In: Plantation

Restaurant Pick: Etzel Itzik

Reviewed: Fra Diavolo

Fra Diavalo is located in a sea of strip malls. I have driven passed this restaurant countless times and never noticed it. Walking in, I did feel that the decor was slightly dated, but the establishment was decorated beautifully for the holidays. My husband decided to order the “Dinner for Two” for $75 which came with an appetizer, salad, two entrees, dessert and a bottle of wine. We asked if we could upgrade the wine, and unfortunately the manager said no. The Chianti we received was ok, though I wouldn’t purchase it again. Dinner is served with bread and a bowl bruschetta. I was very skeptical of the bruschetta as it was very liquidy, but my opinion was changed as soon as I tasted it. It was so delicious we used it as a salad dressing! The crabcakes were breaded, which is not the way I normally like them, however, the breading did not overpower the delicate crab filling. For my main course, I ordered seafood pasta with marinara. When it was brought out they accidently gave me a white sauce but the server very quickly brought out the correct dish. I was a little disappointed in the red sauce. I felt as though it was bland and could be a little more flavorful. The seafood portions were very generous though, with giant mussels, clams and jumbo shrimp. Next time, I would probably try the white sauce. By the end of the main course we were so full we refused dessert!

Name: Marc Shomberg

Occupation: Closing Manager-Real Estate Title Company

Lives In: : Fort Lauderdale, FL

Restaurant Pick: Fra Diavolo

Reviewed: Fra Diavolo

Fra Diavolo is a dining experience where one is not rushed, but can enjoy a meal in comfort. Although it’s located in a strip mall, once you enter, you are taken back in time to a quaint Italian Restaurant. From the décor to the wine racks to the shape of the space, it almost feels like a bed and breakfast rather than a busy restaurant in a strip mall. I was immediately greeted and embraced for returning and sat at my table. The service was genuine and attentive, explaining all of the specials one by one. The stuffed portabello with seafood appetizer was delectable and everything from the garlic bread to the stuffed shrimp and spumoni sundae was delicious and extremely filling. They should have called a tow truck to wheel me out as I was so full, it was worth every bite. I think for what is offered for dining, the prices match the service and quality of food.

Restaurant Information

Location: 5444 N. University Dr. Lauderhill, Florida
Parking:Parking lot
Phone: 954-746-3132
Restaurant Owners: Carol Oliveros, Raul Oliveros, Diego Cruz
Executive Chef: Diego Cruz
Pastry Chef: Carol Oliveros

Type of Cuisine: Italian
Signature Dishes: Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Vegetarian Options: Egg plant Parmesan, grilled veggie plate, fettucini primavera
Alcohol Served: Beer + wine
Corkage Fee: $12.50
Bottle Limit: 3 bottles

Restaurant Hours: 
Monday –Closed 
Tuesday –11:30AM-10:00PM 
Wednesday – 11:30AM-10:00PM 
Thursday –11:30AM-10:00PM 
Friday – 11:30AM-11:00PM 
Saturday – 4:30PM-11:00PM 
Sunday –11:00AM-10:00PM

Meals Served: Italian dining, seafood, pastas
Prix Fix Menu: Yes, 4:30- 5:45 every day except Monday
Take-Out: Yes
Delivery: No
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 20% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $25.00-$30.00
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 20% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $13.00-$15.00
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? All
Accept Reservations: Yes
Need Reservations: Yes
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: At least 3-4 days

Accommodations for Children: Yes
Dining Style: Casual Italian
Disabled Access: Yes
Restaurant Size: Seats about 80 people
Accommodate Groups: Yes
Private Dining Room: No
Tables with Scenic Views: No
Outdoor Dining: No- Patio outside to sit down
Entertainment: No