Ruggero’s Ristorante Returns to Fort Lauderdale with New Executive Chef – The South Florida Sage

On our recent visit to new Ruggero’s, we enjoyed a pairing dinner that highlighted dishes developed under the culinary direction of new Executive Chef Giovanni Filippone. Check out our experience below!

Ruggero's Ristorante Fort Lauderdale

Busquetta Alla Burratina

This fresh burrata bruschetta with roasted tomatoes, basil and extra virgin olive oil was a delightful way to kick off the evening! I might have eaten more than 1 despite knowing there was plenty more food on the way. 😉

Ruggero's Ristorante Fort Lauderdale

We had the pleasure of tasting wines provided by Ellman Family Vineyards, of which is owned by two local Ft. Lauderdale brothers.

Ruggero's Ristorante Fort Lauderdale

Melanzane Napoletana

Yum – an eggplant stack lightly breaded with fresh mozzarella, oven roasted tomatoes, lemon-basil pesto and balsamic glaze. We appreciated this version of an eggplant stack meets caprese salad, a match made in heaven!

Ruggero's Ristorante Fort Lauderdale

Seafood Parppardelle

Shrimp and white wine truffle sauce.. yes please!

Ruggero's Ristorante Fort Lauderdale

Rigatoni alla Bolognese

This rich treat was equip with porcini muchrooms, bechamel sauce and parmigiano reggiano cheese.

Ruggero's Ristorante Fort Lauderdale

House-made assorted desserts and a cappucino to wash it all down, 🙂

Ruggero’s is now open daily Monday-Saturday for diner at 5 pm. Connect with the restaurant on Facebook!

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All images appearing in this post photographed by Holli Lapes, property of

Disclaimer: I received complimentary tasting at Ruggeros.

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