To feel the rhythm of a neighborhood, there is nothing better than sitting down for a coffee along the street and doing some people watching. On a corner in north Guiones Beach in Nosara, you’ll find a perfect place: Cafe Fiore.
Sitting there, you will see surfers go by carrying their boards, families making their daily purchases, tourists eating ice cream or walking with a coffee and workers going to and from their jobs.
In the morning, the place is alive with activity. Neighbors come to wake up with a good cup of coffee and use the internet. The cafe serves full American-style breakfasts for ¢5000/ $9.50, pancakes with yogurt, granola and fruit. They have 16 kinds of coffee; try the decadent Nutellino (coffee with Nutella). They also have smoothies (¢2500/ $4.75) and lemonades (¢2300/ $4.40).
During lunch, the social rhythm slows down and the heat of the day rises. The salads are plentiful and fresh, and the paninis varied and tasty. The Fuego (fire) panini has spicy Tuscan salami, melted smoked cheese, fresh tomato and extra virgin olive oil ( ¢4000/ $7.60).
Cafe Fiore closes from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. when Nicola Viscardi, the owner, takes a break and spends time with his wife and his two-month-old son.
At night, the lights come on, and as if by magic, Cafe Fiore’s ultra-mini-kitchen does miracles showing off a restaurant menu. The secret lies in its two chefs: Simone Mazza and Javier Soto. They are geniuses at cooking five types of pasta with eight different sauces, meatballs, chicken, salads, antipasti and a special dish of the day.
Salmon ravioli can be accompanied with vodka sauce, turmeric and whipping cream (¢7500/ $14.25), or ricotta and spinach ravioli with a four-cheese sauce (provolone, goat cheese, Parmesan and smoked cheese). The meatballs are made with two kinds of meat: pork and beef (¢7000/ $13.25). The scaloppine are very tender chicken breasts, lightly breaded with flour and cooked in a reduction of Martini Rosso—a traditional Italian aperitif. (¢7500/ $14.25).
At 9:30, the kitchen closes, people gradually return to their homes or hotels and the sound of the sea, 200 meters away, predominates.
The Good: Excellent place to eat well and enjoy the social environment.
The Bad: They do not accept credit card. In the summer, it can be hot during the day.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6 to 9:30 p.m. Open every day.
Location: Across from Mini Super Delicias del Mundo, North Guiones Beach.
Contact: 8869-1469 or Facebook page Café Fiore.