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Kitchenetta on US 1 in Ft. Lauderdale

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Kitchenetta on US 1 in Ft. Lauderdale

JmVikmanis | Dec 21, 2004 05:19 PM

Cool place just South of Oakland Park Blvd. on Federal Hwy. Very industrial chic with stainless steel tables and bar (and even toilets and sinks in the bathrooms) with orange, chartreuse and white molded plastic chairs. Concrete slab floor. Even so, the place is quite comfortable, very open and airy with floor to ceiling doors that open on to a Federal Hwy facing patio with similar industrial chic seating and a bit of greenery. Food is Italian, well-prepared and tasty. I had their gnocchi with gorgonzola--positively comforting. Also had a side of cabbage with pancetta and beans. This could be perfect for a vegetarian or anyone on a diet since it's pretty well steamed with very little oil. I liked it fine as it was served, but I dredged some of it in the wonderfully sinful gorgonzola sauce and liked it even better. My dining companion had orreichette with brocoli rabe and pancetta. He liked it but liked my gnocchi better. Most items on the menu come in two sizes--single and family with pastas running about $12 to 16 for single servings and 25 to 28 or so for family size. Though we had pasta, they have more than pasta, with calamari among the appetizers and daily specials including a fish soup at $28. The place has a good and relatively long list of California and Italian wines at prices that cover the spectrum from $25 to nearly 300, with many in the under 40 category.

Overall, this is a good, trendy place that I expect to return to with some frequency. The only thing that seems just a bit off to me is the name. I would have tried it sooner if I hadn't formulated the opinion that it was some kind of knockoff of a California Pizza Kitchen. This place is much more than a pizza place or a kitchen featuring breakfast or lunches. It's a cool, very reasonably priced, chic place to go to for lunch or dinner to have some very good, modern type Italian food. It just deserves a classier, cooler name to portray its vibe.

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