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Little Italian Pizza is the best kind of Italian restaurant — the kind that feels like a whole-in-the-wall, but quickly grows vibrant as the large, steaming plates of homestyle Italian dishes come barreling out of the kitchen. The restaurant’s owner grew up in the Bronx working in pizzerias and New York Italian restaurants since he was a kid; he knows the heart and soul of Italian cooking well and clearly cooks with heart. The restaurant grinds their own sausage using the finest cuts of meats and bakes their own dough daily. While the small restaurant (with only about six cozy tables) doesn’t serve alcohol, they do allow BYOB (and there’s a liquor store conveniently located right next door). Families bring in bottles of red wine to cork, creating a joyous atmosphere. It feels as if you’ve gone to your Italian neighbor’s house for a home-cooked meal with the whole family — the conversation grows louder, bellies get fuller and a spirit of camaraderie enlivens the space.
The restaurant has a huge menu with Stromboli, calzone, soups, salads, hot and cold subs, 26 kinds of specialty pizzas, baked pasta dishes (including rollatini, lasagna, manicotti, baked ziti and more), five chicken and five veal entrees (including Florentine, francese, marsala, piccata and parmigiana), all your traditional pasta dishes and four desserts (New York cheesecake, homemade mini cannoli, chocolate cake and, of course, tiramisu).
This month some of Point! Publishing’s staff went out to feast at Little Italian Pizza. Together we tried the traditional, New York style cheese pizza, stuffed shells, chicken picatta, meatballs in marinara, tortellini carbonara, mozzarella-stuffed garlic rolls and homemade cannoli. After a few bites, we knew garlic would be streaming from our pores for days, but so goes the true Italian experience. And it was glorious.
Little Italian Pizza also delivers, can cater and offers take out. The restaurant is open Monday through Satruday 11am to 10pm and is located at 448 S. Cypress Road (in the same complex as Calypso) in Pompano Beach. The restaurant can be reached by phone at (954) 941-0550 or online at littleitalianpizza.net.