Located in the Hato Rey district, this restaurant is very busy at lunch time with business folks because of its authentic Italian specialties that are ... More
Located in the Hato Rey district, this restaurant is very busy at lunch time with business folks because of its authentic Italian specialties that are served in a small, intimate atmosphere. Classic southern Italian dishes such as cheese tortellini and gnocchi al pesto grace this menu. Desserts are also very good.
I was in Puerto Rico for a business trip in early March. A colleague from Puerto Rico told me we had to visit this restaurant in a busy area of San Juan. While parking was a little bit of an issue, the trip out to Il Cuoco was well worth it. I had some baked ziti with flank stake (churrasco) and chimichurri sauce - it was to die for! The sangria was also fantastic. The ambiance was great too - the restaurant had a homey feel to it. The place was packed, thus it took our food a little longer to get to our table. But this was understandable given the amount of people at the restaurant that evening. I would recommend a trip to Il Cuoco to anyone looking for some great Italian and Argentine food while in San Juan!
My wife and I were very excited about the new lunch specials at Il Cuoco Rest. We arrived at Restaurant at 12:30 pm and there was a jam of cars right in front of the entrance door. There was no parking available and no alternatives either.
We decided to drive around and park about 5 minutes walk, on the street behind the Restaurant. As we enter, there was no one to greet us, so we have to find ourselves a table as you usually do at a local cafeteria.
After a few minutes at the table, a waiter came in, brought our bread, NO WATER, and took our order. Our beverages were brought up at 01:00 pm and at 1:20 our appetizers made it to the table.
Around 1:45 pm, people who came in after us were leaving the Restaurant and our food was not at the table yet.
At 1:50 we walked out of the Restaurant and no one even asked us anything.
The place has a Mickey Mouse operation and are not ready to run heavy traffic lunches. So, if you don't count with three hours for lunch, I recommend you go somewhere else.
Last friday we went with 34 people to Il Quoco. It was a special activity for people of our church. The second floor was separeted for us. We could have a private activity. The food was really delicious. For most of the proup it was their first visit but they want to come back. The service, price and atmosphere was the best. Go with your pals and enjoy!
I have been going to Il Cuoco for several years now - and I keep going back! I live in the continental U.S. but get to visit Puerto Rico quite often. Il Cuoco is definitely my favorite restaurant in the island. The staff is extremely friendly. The wine list is very impressive for Puerto Rico. The 'churrasco' with 'chimichurri' sauce is to die for!
Anyone visiting Puerto Rico must stop by this small joint. You will not be disappointed.
I loved this place because it had a great variety of italian and argentine cuisine. I adore seafood so I ordered the pasta with shrimp and some white clam sauce - to die for! It was also a very reasonable price... I also suggest the sangria (red) it had some great tropical fruit!
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