50m (164 ft.) inland from a well-marked turnoff on the main road south of Puerto Viejo
Costa Rica, Costa Rica
NileGuide Expert tip:
Excellent choice for date night, make a reservation.
Finding this restaurant down a tiny path set back from the road is well worth the search, for the delightful atmosphere, the attentive service, but mostly for the delicious cuisine. Making use of local ingredients and old family Italian recipes, the chef creates masterpieces in the open kitchen and everything is amazingly good. Start with a creative bruscetta appetizer to get you in the mood for fantastic homemade gnocci, stellar penne arrabiata, or whatever the specials of the night may be-just ask the gregarious and talented chef Ilario. La Pecora Nera is only open for dinner, so plan ahead and save room, you won't want to miss a course, and since it's not overpriced, you'll be able to afford it without sacrifice. A world away from the roadside cafes that clamor for customers in Puerto Viejo, this is a gem of a restaurant that deserves its reputation as "the best Italian in the region, if not the country." Grazie, and Amen.