Decent Italian food at reasonable prices served amidst tropical foliage make this restaurant in the Hotel Las Vegas a local favorite. Though there is a small air-conditioned dining room, the nicest tables are on the hotel's large interior patio, with its tropical trees, potted plants, and palms decorated with swirling Christmas lights. At lunch, it feels like a jungle oasis in the heart of the city, with birds singing in the branches above. The food is standard Italian, with eight varieties of homemade pastas served with any of a dozen different sauces, a variety of broiled meat and seafood dishes, personal pizzas, and focaccia sandwichess. For dessert, choose from chocolate cheesecake, tiramisu, and other treats. There is often a guitarist playing at dinnertime, and the Wine Bar next door has acoustic Latin music until late.
Vía Veneto and Calle Eusebio A. Morales, Panama City, Panama