A Passion for Perfection

Opening Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar and Tapas restaurant was a passion of Chef Angelo Elia for more than eight years. While Casa D’ Angelo has been a place for him to showcase his depth of Italian technique, he wanted to create a restaurant that felt more like the simple Italy he visits year after year where ingredients are at the forefront. A place where you could come and sit and pick at food as you want with friends. But it didn’t come that easy. Like all things that are simple, careful thought and research has gone into the menu and the guarded sources of our premium ingredients. In the end, Angelo Elia’s is all about friends and a good bottle of wine enjoyed in a contemporary, easy dining atmosphere.



Owner / Chef

Chef Angelo Elia is an award winning, highly acclaimed culinary maestro whose philosophy of putting his patrons first has served him well. Through an artful combination of premium ingredients, masterful preparation and superb fine wine selections, his restaurants are widely considered the best Italian restaurants in South Florida.

The flagship represents the pinnacle of fine Italian dining in Fort Lauderdale. Its tremendous success has resulted in two additional locations: one in Boca Raton, Florida and one in the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Angelo Elia’s Pizza, Bar and Tapas is a concept that elevates approachable fine dining to new heights. It is an elegant, hip South Florida dining destination where crowds line up every night to enjoy fine traditional Italian-style pizzas, tapas, paninis and a notable wine list.

Every year since September 2000, Chef Elia has been honored with the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator. He has also received the “Golden Spoon Award“ from Florida Trend Magazine for the past 10 consecutive years. Most recently, he received four stars by food critic M.L. Warren of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


Mrs. Angelo Elia is one of the beautiful, friendly faces that greet you every time you visit. Her impact on the dining experience here should not be understated. She has over 20 years of experience in delivering fine dining experiences, and is an integral part in crafting and refining the experience at every location. As the director of all front-of-the-house operations, she ensures that every guest is greeted with a warm smile and that no detail is overlooked during the dining experience. She also oversees all special event and private party planning.

Denise is active in the South Florida community. She is a member of FAB (Funding Arts in Broward). She and Chef Angelo are also regular contributors to many local foundations like PACE Broward for Girls, Boys & Girls Club, March of Dimes, Taste of the Nations, Humane Society, and local schools.

Denise and Chef Angelo have been married for over 18 years and have two beautiful children.


Executive Chef

Born in Peoria, Illinois in 1976, Rickie and his family moved back to their home in Rome, Italy when Rickie was 8 years old. There he completed his primary and secondary education. As he was growing up, his love for food and how it is prepared became evident, as he followed his mother in the kitchen and watched as she prepared the traditional Italian dishes for the family. He became more and more intrigued when his family would go out to dine at various restaurants, and decided that he wanted to make a career of cooking.

After graduating high school, he went on to study at the famous culinary school, Istituto Alberghiero Torcarbone in Rome. There he was trained by some of the best Italian chefs of Italy and graduated with high honors. When he completed his studies, he immediately found work in top fine dining restaurants throughout Europe, including Vecchia Pineta in Ostialido, Rome. There, he was mentored by famous and well-known Chef Antonio Chiappini. He went on to work in places such as Di Gennaro in Stuttgart, Germany, Carpediem in Fiesole, Florence and Bel Paese in Santiago, Chile, to name a few.

Although he loved the country of his family, he always dreamed of returning to the United States where he was born. At the invitation of Chef Angelo Elia, who knew Rickie and his family for many years, Rickie came directly to Florida and began working with Chef Angelo in Fort Lauderdale.

Rickie has worked with Chef Angelo for 10 years. He helped Angelo open at the well-known Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas, and stayed on as Executive Chef there for 1 year. He then returned to Florida to open another Casa D’Angelo in Boca Raton, which immediately became a success and is now his primary base. Rickie also teaches culinary classes at the Jean-Pierre Cooking School in Fort Lauderdale on a regular basis, and participates in several charity events throughout South Florida.