619 E Dania Beach Blvd, Dania, FL | Directions 3300426.053309 -80.132211
Great bread rolls, but that's about it....
After being hired by an independent company to review several restaurants in the area, I came across Antonio's in Dania. I wasn't sure if it was a restaurant or a pizza parlor due to the fact that as I came in, I was ignored. 3 minutes later I was asked if I'd like to sit. The sit down process was normal, nearly a 3 minute wait for drinks & menus.
I decided to go with the pizza. The price was fine, but one of the things the company that hired me is trying to uncover is abuse of the consumer. They charge 2 toppings for a pizza with half on one side & half on the other. I purchased it anyhow; but begin to wonder when companies are so desperate that they consider the consumers to be of less than average intelligence to try and sneak an extra buck out of the consumer. What other corners are they cutting?
The best part by a large margin was their bread rolls. They really have them down to an art. A lightly toasted roll smothered with garlic, spices, & olive oil. These were so delicious that you were almost afraid to eat anything else as to not risk losing the memory of the bread roll you had just eaten. Once again, definitely the highlight of the evening.
Then came the pizza. A slightly below average pizza. Nothing out of the ordinary with a hard crust. Only parmesan cheese was on the table & the waiter was nowhere to be found for an additional 7-9 min. When the oregano did arrive, I was half done. In the end, I just kept thinking about the bread rolls.
When it came time to pay, I received a bill and no explanation. I sat for an additional 7 minutes until I decided to get up and head towards the door and ask if I paid there. The answer, was not, "Yes." The answer was more of the type of head nod that one receives with the half closed, semi-rolled eyes with an inkling of a smirk along the face of a blonde girl in her early twenties. She definitely did not seem to: 1.)Want to be at working.
2.)Had a devastating & catastrophic event occur recently.
3.) Just plain out didn't like my physical complexion/appearance.
Upon saying ,"Thank you," I was ignored and no smile + "You're welcome" was offered"
This was to be expected from the very beginning. The atmosphere was dense inside. Definitely not a comfortable experience.
As a result of this particular visit, I would recommend this place for delivery of an average pizza and for their phenomenal bread rolls (In the top 2 of the best I've had). Other than that; unless you know the owner, don't expect great service.
Antonios, Best in Dania Beach!.
Randomly ask any Dania Beach resident where to go for a great home style cooked Italian meal and they will most likely point in the direction of Antonios Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant. A Dania Beach staple for over 3 decades, Antonio’s Restaurant has become a second home to those looking for a laid back and affordable dining experience with food quality that rivals most pricey upscale restaurants. It’s a great place where a person can come straight from the beach in shorts and sneakers and sit comfortably next to a businessman in a suit and tie. The key is in the friendly warm atmosphere that makes the customers feel more like they are returning home to mom’s dinner than to a restaurant.
In the late 1970's, owner Tony Suriani Sr. Began working for a corporate pizza chain that brought him down to South Florida to work in their local Dania Beach restaurant. There he would meet and marry a lovely waitress named Karen and over the next 30 years the two, along with their four sons, would build together a wonderful extension of their family that could invite locals to join them for great food and friendly conversation at reasonable prices.
Tony Suriani Sr. bought his own restaurant in 1978. He wanted to, “create and maintain a place where people can come and just relax and feel like home... to actually be a second home.” One way of creatively connecting the food and the people is shown in some of the dishes’ names which derive from their many loyal patrons over the years. You can simply order the veal, or you can order the “Serpe Special” named after the late Jim Serpe, which will get you a deliciously cooked veal cutlet and eggplant with a stuffed shell and manicotti with sausage and meatball. At $18.50 its likely the scariest price you’ll see. The dishes are extremely affordable averaging from around $12 to $15, and come in proportions big enough for two with leftovers.
Early bird “Light Dinners” are also conveniently offered at half the price between 3pm and 6:30pm. The still proportionally generous meals range from $7.50 for such dishes as Stuffed Shells, Lasagna, or Spaghetti with meatball or sausage, to $10.95 dishes like Chicken Marsala or the highly recommended Chicken Francese. All meals come with either soup or salad, and the ever famous Antonio’s garlic rolls “When first opening the restaurant all this hard work went into the quality of the main dishes...and everyone just wanted to talk about the garlic rolls
The garlic rolls are an addiction, and eating just one isn’t a possibility. Kiwanian member Barry Baker enjoys Antonio’s every week when he travels from work all the rolls are off the hook!”
The main courses are made with just the same care for the customer in mind says the owner Suriani Sr., “we use only the best products; people come here and point out all the ways we could be cutting costs on the food, but the quality of the food is most important to me; I want you to come back, and I want you to know you are getting the same great meal you got the time before.” Suriani’s other main goal has always been to give back to the community that has made him so successful. Antonio’s is known for its many charitable contributions to the city of Dania Beach. They are always lending a helping hand, and a good helping of food, to local charities that take place around town as well as their annual feeding of the homeless and less fotuneate locals during the holidays. “Our customers are so loyal to us” says Suriani, being able to give back to them is an important position we’re blessed to be in.”
Customer loyalty was tested this past summer when Antonio’s moved its location to Dania Beach Blvd. (in the plaza just east of Dania Jai Alai). If Friday nights busy crowd was any indication, its safe to say everyone has found the new way to their favorite Italian home away from home.
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