1250 Broadway, 27th Floor New York, NY 10001

PENNE POMODORO

Have you ever eaten Venetian?

Believe it or not, you’ll find an interesting place in Oakland Park (in the Fort Lauderdale area).

At “Fabio The Venetian: Wine Bar & Restaurant,” the owner, “Fabio,” is a native of Venice, Italy, who proudly serves his customers “authentic” Northern Italian fare.

For our final dish, rather than go with the “Penne Pomodoro” — made with a “Homemade marinara sauce and fresh basil $15.80; add Meatballs + $5.00,” — our waiter suggested we try the house-made spaghetti, instead. (He wanted us to try Fabio’s “Spaghetti & Meatballs.”)

While the pasta was perfectly cooked, most of us found the sauce a bit bland, and thought it could have used a little more garlic, onions; something to spice it up a notch. (Same holds true for the rolled balls of ground meat.)

It clearly wasn’t as outstanding as some of his other dishes we had sampled, and also suffered from a heavy-handed application of cheese, but still managed to score a pretty respectable “B.”

(Even though I would skip this particular dish, when the weather permits, get out your gondolas, steer your way to Oakland Park, and give some of Fabio’s other pastas a try ....)

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