Although this establishment only opened in 1988, it has already earned itself a reputation among lovers of Italian cuisine. It is situated in an old ... More
Although this establishment only opened in 1988, it has already earned itself a reputation among lovers of Italian cuisine. It is situated in an old colonial building with large entrance doors, a beautiful central courtyard, and passageways with wooden balustrades; there is also a tiled mural that occupies an entire wall beside the main entrance. From the first floor dining room there is a good view of the bay entrance, especially from the tables placed out on the balcony; the dining areas on the ground floor occupy the central courtyard and passageways. There is even a fish tank containing live lobsters where customers can take their pick. Decoration is basically the wooden-roofed and ornamented building itself, although on the first floor there is some colonial furnishings, tables with sculptures, mirrors, paintings, and an old lamp right in the centre; the ground floor follows a more naturalistic theme. As far as food and drink are concerned, the restaurant offers a wide variety of pizzas, spaghetti dishes, lasagne and red meats, which can be washed down by either wine, beer, cocktails or spirits.
From any one of the four second floor window balcony tables, you look out on Castle Morro, the harbor, fishermen working on their boats below and across the street, one of the several Havana flea markets. Totally sublime. The key is to arrive early enough to secure one of these balconies, easily done if you're used to American dining hours. My son Drew and I opened our Cuban visit here, and so enjoyed it we finished here a week later - again on the balcony - toasting our great week with a couple of Cohibas at dinner's end. I recall my $5.95 Italian entree' was modestly portioned, so I double ordered and still bettered a typical American pasta price. A pair of smiling, aged musicians, who I was just SURE once played for Meyer Lansky, provided a pleasant, tradtional Cuban soundtrack. Very nice. Look for a photo or two here if Yahoo allows.