Fodor's Expert Review L'Olivo

$$$ West of Downtown Italian

The same owners behind the west-side lodging Suites Cristina also operate this little bit of Tuscany a few blocks north of La Sabana Park. The restaurant is most easily entered from around the corner, however—it's physically separate from the hotel. Vaulted ceilings and a vineyard mural on one wall evoke old Italy. Homemade pastas—spinach cannelloni and linguine with clam sauce are popular dishes—make up the fare here, and an extensive wine list rounds out the offerings. Service is attentive—the chef makes the rounds to ensure that you’re satisfied. The scant dozen tables mean that reservations are a good idea for dinner. The smallness of the restaurant does create one drawback: it can be difficult to carry on a conversation when things get busy, although that does add to the liveliness of the place.

Italian Lively Lunch Dinner $$$

Quick Facts

San José, San José  10102, Costa Rica

-2220–0453

www.apartotelcristina.com

Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

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