Meet Anthony, the youthful, gregarious owner of this Fort Lauderdale restaurant with an interior all about jet-setting -- albeit in the mid- to late '70s -- and a bar crafted out of a plane fuselage. Once you meet him, he will introduce your server, whose name is likely to be Tony. Same goes for the bartender. The quintessential, convivial Italian vibe in here (think Travolta in Saturday Night Fever) is conducive to one of the most enjoyable meals you'll ever have. The best way to go is -- what else? -- family style, in which you'll be able to share lots of dishes such as mussels marinara, fried clams, roasted red peppers in garlic, shrimp parmigiana, an out-of-this-world rigatoni with cauliflower (although it sounds boring, order it no matter what!), and stellar meat and poultry dishes that frequent fliers to Anthony's rave about each time, as if it were their last meal. For the best pizza, try nearby Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, 2203 S. Federal Hwy. (tel. 954/462-5555).
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