Are you fired up tonight? Dinner at Ligouri’s Fired Up!

Cuisine: Wood Oven Pizza and Italian Food

Cost: Moderate

Hours:

Monday–Wednesday 11:30 a.m.– 9 p.m.

Thursday- Saturday 11:30 a.m.– 10 p.m.

Sunday 12:30 p.m.– 9 p.m.

Reservations: No, but there is pick-up and catering, just call ahead.

Credit Cards: All major

Bar: Beer, Wine, Cappuccino, Espresso, Coca Cola products

Sound: Conversational and happy

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Overall impression: Located on the east side of Target parking lot, the new (to me) restaurant [3 years] is sort-of hidden; but what treasures are not? The atmosphere at Ligouri’s Fired Up! is fantastic. There are neon lights, nice tables and cute girls with “Can-I-help-you?” smiles.

Upon entering the restaurant, there were face painters leaving, and I watched the lovely staff prepare a fired night. The well-kept and orderly dinning place was well complimented by an open kitchen made alive by the happy chefs [you know the food’s good when the chefs are proud of their work]. Our service was good, and upon hearing about the community involvement, particularly with the local Elementary School in Cooper City, I was definitely left with a good impression and the food…

Starters: Calamari or mozzarella sticks? “Either are great” said the server. However, calamari just sounds like a good start to any Italian dinning venture, and it was. Fresh and crisp rings of squid sat aside a tasty salsa. At $9.95, it’s a fair price for so much seafood.

Entrée excellence: Pizza, wings, and sandwiches, are the items my friend and I ordered for Italian satisfaction. The chicken parmigiana sandwich was gone within seconds of landing on our table. The tasty wings were topped with parmesan and the pizza choices were exotic [broccoli rabe & sausage, meatball ricotta cheese, eggplant carvelli…] Fresh parmesan cheese on the wings really fit the title as an exotic dish and cost only $1.33 a wing, $14.95 for an order of 20 meaty wings. The “Pizza” had a lot to live up to and at $18.75, I’m not sure it did. I’ll try some other entrées next time.

Service: From being greeted by a face-painter to periodic check-ups by an all-round warm staff, we extend to Fired Up! our appreciation and recommend you visit; you’ll be treated like family.

Insider tip: For menu items labeled with a “JTF” logo next to it, Ligouri’s Fired Up! will donate a percentage of the proceeds to the Jason Taylor foundation, whose mission is to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved healthcare, education and quality of life.

All in all, the smell of tomatoes, wood fire, smiles from chefs and cute hosts are reasons enough for me to stop by here again.

Ligouri’s Fired Up! is located at 5810 S. University Drive, Davie.

945-434-2378

firedupdavie.com

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