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Jan 26th, 2020

Umberto's Of Long Island

3051 E Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale FL, 33308
(954) 776-0258
Overall Rating
3.0
Food
Service
Ambiance
Value
Last Review
11/02/2011

Details

Hours: Sun-Thu: 11am-10pm Fri/Sat 11am-11pm
Dress Code: Casual
Parking: Private Lot
CC: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Entree Prices: Moderate
Outdoor: No
Reservations: No
Delivery: Yes

Critic's Review

Review 11/2/11

19 Month's later, I see no reason to re-write what I originally wrote about the place. The outside has been given a makeover, but the inside is still old and a bit clunky. Prices are up about $1. They have lunch specials every day for $5.99, but I wanted the veal parmesan, which was $11.95 on the menu.

It's too bad I didn't take a picture of the eggplant parm; this wasn't nearly as good. Not as much sauce, not as much cheese. The veal was browned, maybe a bit too well done, but just pretty good. The sauce is good, but not enough cheese to make me really happy. I'd have to say that I was disappointed. I'd hoped for something better than this.

Review 1/3/2010

As a Long Island guy myself, I can attest that the original Umberto's in New Hyde Park is one of the great Italian restaurants in the country. Of course the standards in NY are a bit higher, mainly because of all of the Italian people, and also the high taxes and rents that cause a restaurant to quickly go out of business if it isn't packed on a regular basis.

This Umberto's, apparently run by a relative, itsn't nearly as good, but its pretty good. The decor is a bit dated; the bar area is very 1980s and they have a bunch of tube TVs that just make you think that they need to get with the program. The dining room is "old-world" also, which isn't such a bad thing for an Italian restaurant. The hanging plants, violin music and trestle ceiling thats sort of an atrium is pretty nice.

The menu is also pretty nice. The sauce here is excellent, which makes for a wide range of choices in a Red Italian restaurant. They have all of the expected dishes; veal, chicken, pastas, eggplant, sausage and an extensive pizza menu. The caesar salad is enough for 2, and its very good. Lasagna is a 4" square but uninspiring, instead ask for eggplant parmesan with spaghetti (its not on the menu but they'll make it for you). Its massive, dripping with mozzarella, and only $10.95. Oh, and its very good too.

Unfortunately, the pizza is disappointing. Its very south florida; it is a thin crust, but its a bit chewy and the edges are unedible. The sauce is very good, but there isn't enough cheese. Its a lot like Times Square pizza; not terrible but no-where near the gold standard. Its certainly not worth going out of your way for this pizza.

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