This café has always had a panache far and above its counterparts, for the Italian owners also have the adjacent furniture design center. The modern wicker-weave barrel chairs and the contemporary art and light fixtures are conspicuously hip. The democratic pricing usually offers pasta dishes, such as the trio of raviolis (spinach, beet, and pumpkin) for about $10. (Pricing is the same at lunch and dinner.) Also know that an amuse bouche, perhaps a tomato bruschetta,
can usually suffice for an appetizer. The addition of grilled portabellas to a classic arugula-and-shaved-Parmesan salad is brilliant. Main courses of meat or seafood are accompanied by pasta or grilled vegetables and potato. You can enjoy Italian liquors here such as grappa; dessert might be dark-chocolate mousse and fresh mango sorbet. Service is laudable, the manager, Franco, both professional and charming—and the music like nothing you will hear on the street!
Plazaoleta Park, Arzobispo Merino, corner of Padre Bellini, Santo Domingo, 10210, Dominican Republic