Italio

Last Activity: May 20th, 2015

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Italio Fort Lauderdale

Location

2211 N Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
(561) 392-7778

Critic's Rating

Rating2.4
Food
Service
Ambiance
Value
Last Review: 01/10/14

Information

Hours7 days, 10:40am -10pm
Dress CodeCasual ParkingPrivate Lot
CCYes AlcoholBeer and Wine
OutdoorYes ReservationsNo
DeliveryNo

Critic's Review

Predictably, Italio has closed. Think about how much money people could save if they just LISTENED TO ME.

Review 1/10/14

I hadn't been the new Italio; I'd been to their first location in Boca and I didn't care for it. It was the first week of operation for a new franchise; I didn't see that it measured up. The concept is a cross between Salad Creations and Chipotle; I can't get excited about a big cardboard tub of pasta.

They call themselves a "Modern Italian Kitchen", which is the same tagline used by Mancini's, and the places couldn't be more different.

Price does matter, however; I got a coupon in the mail for a free entree with no strings attached and it was enough to get me into the restaurant.

Italio Free Entree Coupon

Italio Free Entree Coupon

This is a perfect example of over-couponing; they could have gotten me in with a 1/2 price coupon at significantly lower cost to the restaurant. Someone who will only try it for free and not for half price isn't going to ever be a real customer.

There's plenty of parking in the back; you walk in and there's a well organized counter where you can clearly see all of the ingredient choices. Basically it's a tub loaded with either pasta or salad, and then you choose the stuff that goes on top of it. I don't want pasta or the weed salad (often called "mixed greens"), so my choice is limited to romaine. I decided to create a caesar chicken salad when I noticed that one of the salad dressings was caesar. So it was grilled chicken, romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, roasted red peppers and 3 cheese blend with caesar dressing. I took it to go even though I was eating in, figuring that I wouldn't eat the whole thing.

Italio Fort Lauderdale Interior

Italio Fort Lauderdale Interior

Bad stools; the place is just as uncomfortable as Chipotle, They have a soda station with iced tea; both sweetened and unsweetened, and unlike Chipotle, they have fresh lemon wedges and Splenda. Refills are free, or at least nobody yelled at me when I got a refill.>

Italio Soft Drink

Italio Soft Drink

I took a closer look at the salad and it looked like a salad. More cheese than you might usually get at a restaurant.

Italio Salad Entree

Italio Salad Entree

With limited ingredients there were no surprises; they have a very good caesar dressing. As chicken caesar salads go, this one was a plus. It's nice to not have to push the croutons aside; you simply don't ask for any.

Italio Salad Entree

Italio Salad Entree

For $1.75, the cost of the iced tea, this was a helluva deal. For $8.73, the regular price, I'm not entirely sure. If you're going to eat with a plastic fork out of a cardboard tub, you might as well go to the salad bar at a supermarket. Whole Foods is across the street.

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Italio Kitchen 1658 N Federal Hwy Boca Raton FL, 33432 (09/03/2012)

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As usual, your review isn't targeted on helpful information. Pasta is the objective for most visitors to the restaurant, yet you review a salad. I understand it's on the menu and therefore fair game. However, it's not helpful
AdministratorReply
As usual, an idiotic comment. They have 2 choices, Salad or Pasta. So salad isn't relevant? I had a pasta tub at the Boca location and it sucked. Plus I don't eat pasta currently, so I guess you're saying that anyone going low carb or who just doesnt want a 1200 calorie lunch should just go elsewhere?

At the end of the article, there's a Related Articles section. See the Boca review if you'd like to see the "other" choice.
MaggieReply
They're Yelp sponsors, so beware of the lies and shills!
James RolandReply
Didn't help them much, did it? Yelp advertising is such a sucker's game.