Spazio Fort Lauderdale Italian Restaurant is located at the heart of Fort Lauderdale Beach. With a central location that’s walking distance to everything on the water, it proves to be a great afternoon or evening out. If you’re looking for indoor or outdoor beachfront dining that is always energetic – Spazio is for you.
It’s Italian dishes are well executed and the combination of people watching and the open concept they have created allows for a high energy level that flows nicely to the beachfront without feeling overwhelmed. The ambiance is a modern take on Italian with a Mediterranean look and feel that pairs nicely with the menu and drink options. They also have a notable wine list that hits most price points, although for a wine lounge we would have liked to see a more diverse selection in terms of regional availability.
At night however there is a really harsh red LED light that bathes the entire restaurant. We get what they were going for here, but I think it’s a poor execution of what’s supposed to be feel like South Beach flair. This red light dilutes the color on your plates, the people in front of you and creates a stark contrast with the beach, the sky and the surrounding establishments. You can see how this affects the dining experience in the photos below – as a result it is rather difficult to appreciate the food.
Service is something Spazio understands and the staff was attentive at all touch points. The night we attended they also had live music from Michael Kennedy, one of the more pleasant aspects of the evening. If you are looking for a talented musician that serves up some very nice smooth jazz , drop him a line.
In most aspects Spazio delivers on an entertaining dining experience that is about more than just the food. At a price point that reflects just that we can’t help but feel a bit dissatisfied as foodies.
What we ate: [+ to expand]
Ceasar Salad |$10
Seafood Cartoccio | $24
239 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Bouelvard (A1A)
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316