Casa Macaluso (Pompano Beach)
***** Casa Macaluso, 1825 Sample Road, Pompano Beach, Florida 33064 (954) 788-0255.
First things first…it was Judith Stocks’ March 12, 2010- 3 1/2 stars Sun Sentinel review that turned me onto this “white table cloth-semi upscale-52 seat” Italian joint.
Casa Macaluso is owned by two brothers…Carlo “the chef” and Antonio “the host-manager-frontman”…they make an absolutely great team—just so you know, the veal chop parmigiana and osso buco that I “sampled” were probably the best that I’ve had since moving down here to South Florida in 1991…trust me, I’ve had tons of chops-buco, so Antonio and Carlo performed a major feat.
Casa Macaluso is a very small restaurant—it’s got 52 seats. Last Saturday night my 8pm reservation (for 4) was honored and I will tell you, that by 8:30pm every seat was taken. I will also tell you, that we were there for over 2 hours and not one single table was “turned.”
When you arrive at Casa Macaluso you are greeted by Antonio at the front door. No kidding, he treats you like a long lost cousin “all night”…and really seems to enjoy visiting every table and explaining the menu in detail. Carlo also comes out of the kitchen to visit every table. Casa Macaluso also has a staff of REAL ITALIAN WAITERS that are as competent and professional as can be. I thought that it was really cool…that each waiter was wearing a “cap” just like the one that Al Pacino-Michael and his body guards wore in the “Godfather” in the scenes leading up to his first wife getting blown up by a car bomb.
Casa Macaluso is an upscale restaurant…it isn’t a “red sauce mom & pop” joint…so there are no pizzas, meatball subs, calzones—but trust me on this…the joint’s menu has plenty of stuff like clams oreganato, cannolis, pastas…so– you’ll be just fine and will have plenty of dishes that you won’t have to ask Antonio to explain. Something interesting…although this joint is clearly steps above a local pizza joint—I think that if you showed up in a tee shirt/shorts ensemble, Antonio would have a seat for you.
Like I said before, Casa Macaluso only has 52 seats. Just so you know, it took me 2-weeks to get a dinner reservation. So, please don’t show up thinking you are going to just waltz in and catch-a-table.
Casa Macaluso is a “great outing”…this isn’t a joint for a fast bite before or after a movie. On the price front…not exactly neighborhood pizza joint prices, but nothing too crazy. That veal chop ran me $33 and came with a gnocchi side.
I really enjoyed Casa Macaluso.
The joint is open for dinner Monday-Saturday for dinner.