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Fodor's Costa Rica 2014
Mama's Place Review
This is a Costa Rican restaurant with a difference: the owners are Italian, so in addition to corvina al ajillo (sea bass sautéed with garlic) and other standard Tico fare, they serve homemade seafood chowder, traditional pasta dishes, and meats with delicate wine sauces. The brightly decorated coffee shop opens onto busy Avenida 1; the more subdued dining room upstairs accommodates the overflow crowd. (You'll see former Chicago Bears football coach Mike Ditka's autographed picture up there.) At lunchtime it's usually packed with business types drawn to the delicious and inexpensive daily specials—choose from the rotating platos del día with pasta, meat, fish, or poultry—all to the accompaniment of ample focaccia. Mama's closes at 8 pm on weeknights.
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