#2 of 175 Destin Restaurants

La Famiglia Italian Restaurant

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La Famiglia Italian Restaurant – The Place to Go for Authentic Italian Food in Destin
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

At La Famiglia Italian Restaurant, they are dedicated to serving authentic Italian dishes in a warm, welcoming setting. They work from recipes straight from Rome and always use the freshest ingredients. They even make their pasta in-house using traditional methods, building the foundation for truly memorable meals.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Operating from their new location along Emerald Coast Parkway, La Famiglia Italian Restaurant always aims to delight Destin residents with their authentic Italian dishes. They boast a warm, welcoming atmosphere fit for families and friend groups alike. They are equally committed to providing quality service as they are in serving excellent food time and time again.

Made from fresh ingredients and traditional methods, each of their dishes is better than the next, providing immense flavor and filling up your belly fast. They even make their pasta in-house, helping balance their rich sauces and bold ingredients. On their menu, they have everything you could ever want from an Italian restaurant, including cannelloni, eggplant parmigiana, and fettuccine Bolognese.

Upon getting seated at this restaurant, you will be treated to a basket of bread and infused olive oil for dipping. They infuse their olive oil with garlic and other spices, creating a tasty treat for all to enjoy. They will keep the bread coming throughout your meal, providing up to three baskets without an upcharge. In addition to all their delightful menu items, they have a long list of tasty drinks, such as espresso Italiano and raspberry iced tea.

Cozze Alla Diavola
For their Cozze Alla Diavola, you will choose between two delicious sauces: their spicy marinara or white wine sauce. In your selected sauce, they will gently sauté fresh mussels until perfectly cooked. Your dish will come with homemade bread for dipping, which beautifully balances the rich flavors of the mussels and sauce.

Manicotti
The Manicotti begins with hearty pasta shells stuffed full of cheese. They cook their shells in rich alfredo sauce until al dente and all the cheese in melted. Then, they serve it all up with a house salad dressed in blue cheese or Italian ranch dressing. Baskets of bread are included with the meal up to the third round, then there is an additional charge.

Risotto Lobster
Upon ordering the Risotto Lobster, your dish begins with a flavorful vodka sauce that is used to cook up the arborio rice. To the exquisitely-prepared rice, they add lobster tails and shrimp, cooking them to perfection as well. This dish comes with up to three rounds of bread baskets along with a house salad and your preferred dressing.

Veal Alla Parmigiana
Their Veal Alla Parmigiana centers around a fresh veal cutlet breaded and fried to a golden brown. The mouthwatering cutlet is then smothered in red tomato sauce and layers of mozzarella and parmesan cheese. With a round in the oven, this dish comes out bubbly hot and absolutely full of amazing flavor, creating a meal to remember.

Il Mare Dello Chef
Celebrating the flavors of the gulf, the Il Mare Dello Chef combines shrimp, calamari, mussels, clams, and fish in a rich tomato sauce. In order to serve the freshest seafood dishes, they source many of the ingredients used for this dish from the local market. They serve this seafood masterpiece with a pasta side and house salad with your dressing of choice.

Make sure to save enough room for dessert. They have two incredible options to consider: homemade tiramisu and cannoli ricotta. You can take your dessert to the next level by pairing it with one of their espresso drinks, which range from latte to macchiato.

Insider Tips:
– Their music is often playing quite loud, making it difficult to chat with your group. For a quieter dining experience, ask to be seated on the patio.
– On Sunday nights, they hold karaoke events, helping build connections in the community and let their patrons blow off some steam. They also regularly have live music on the calendar.