Popular for decades with everyone from local politicians and families to sunburned tourists who just dragged themselves off the beach, the bustling Via Appia is a no-frills restaurant that serves food just as tasty as its higher-priced paisanos. They're particularly known for their simple Italian dishes (we usually just stick with the pizza), but during lunch, they dish up some delicious comida criolla, with specials changing every day; try the pollo guisado (chicken stew) on Mondays. The outdoor-seating area looks out on Condado's busy Ashford Avenue, which makes for good people watching. The wine bar next door has a bit more ambience.
1350 Av. Ashford, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico