This pasta isn’t from a package. It is homemade from scratch every morning since Laura Corazza and Massimo Bulgarelli took over the Giardino Tropicale restaurant in Guiones at the beginning of July.
The couple hails from Verona, Italy and they have both been working in restaurants and pizzerias since they were 15 years old. They came to Costa Rica a year ago and traveled all around the country searching before finally finding the “perfect” locale. Although they aren’t making any changes to the building, the menu is completely new, with authentic Italian dishes made with products imported from Italy.
Corazza specializes in pasta, making fresh potato gnocchi, pasta, ravioli, and lasagna with meat or pesto, with dishes ranging in price from 5000 to 7000 colones ($10 to $14). Bulgarelli makes the pizzas, including options for double crust and covered pizzas. There is only one size of pizza, and prices range from 4000 to 8000 colones ($8 to $16) depending on the style and toppings.
Tiramisu is available for dessert, as well as another homemade cake option that changes nightly, for 3000 colones each ($6). To drink, Italian or Chilean wines are served for 2500 ($5) per glass and cocktails such as piña coladas or mojitos cost 3000 colones ($6). Local beers and draft beer are also available.
The restaurant, located on the corner of route 160 just past the main entrance of Guiones en route to Nosara, is open from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. nightly, closed Tuesdays. During high season, they plan to have live music weekly. For updates on specials or events, check their Facebook page: RestauranteItalianoGiardinoTropicale.