Via Luna

Luna Landing

A Meatball Worth Driving to Fort Lauderdale For

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We've glimpsed into your future, and it involves something simultaneously grandiose and humble. High and low. Classic yet paradigm-shifting.

Okay, it's a meatball.

And it's being dished up at Via Luna, the Ritz-Carlton's new beachfront cathedral of Italian, now open across the county line.

First things first: you'll want to use this place as a date spot, provided that your dining companion has the appetite of Tony Soprano (or at least Meadow Soprano). But you're at the Ritz, so expect a plush experience: toffee leather chairs, crystal chandeliers and awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic.

If you want to bask in the Lauderdale-ness of it all, sit on the oceanfront patio and take in the salty breezes as you catch the loving refrains of Bon Jovi and Steve Perry emanating from beach bars farther down A1A.

Now, about that meatball: that would be in the Spaghetti and Meatball, sourced from the chef's Sicilian grandmother and composed of a single half-pound sphere of pork, veal and beef, held together not by bread crumbs (as is the norm nowadays), but by the old Italian method of fresh bread soaked in milk.

If you need a nightcap, there's also Nutella Beignets, four mini-doughnuts infused with Sambuca.

The best nightcaps are always doughnut nightcaps.

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Via Luna
at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale
1 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
954-465-2300
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