Fodor's Expert Review La Bussola
Blend a genuinely simpatico welcome with lapping waves, the murmur of jazz, and expert Italian fare and you have Omar Tagliaventi and family's recipe for the perfect beachfront bistro. Bleached-wood ceilings, old island photos of Antigua, boating paraphernalia, and brightly painted plates enhance the relaxed, romantic mood. The presentation is invariably pretty and Omar has a particularly facile touch with seafood; try the artichoke-shrimp pie in satiny garlic sauce, lobster-asparagus risotto, shark tartare with grapefruit nestling on a bed of arugula, mahimahi with olive "pâté" in filo, or the "fishermen's" spaghetti. Or savor the "true Italian-style" thin-crust pizzas. The carefully considered, affordable wine list showcases lesser-known Italian regions. Your evening ends with a complimentary grappa, Frangelico, or limoncello (lemon liqueur), representing northern, central, and southern Italy. La Bussola means "the compass" in Italian, and it certainly takes the right gastronomic direction.
Rush Night Club Rd.
Runaway Bay, St. John Antigua and Barbuda