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Italy and the Dolce Vitta in Samara

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The young owners of Samara’s La Dolce Vita came to Samara from Italy looking to live the sweet life on Playa Samara, but so far life has been a lot of hard work.   When they took over the space, they tore it down to the ground and rebuilt an airy restaurant/bed and breakfast. 


The restaurant offers a broad menu, but specializes in pastas and rice dishes – traditional Italian fare prepared with fresh local ingredients.  La Dolce offers three types of locally made ravioli,  a special of the day, and focaccia baked fresh in their own ovens.  There is a mixed grill for two prepared in their Argentinian style grill, fish, several salads, fresh fruits and desserts.


We dined under a spreading almond tree with a view of Isla Chora.  It was cool and breezy.  We tried the daily special, a pasta with local lobster (10,000 colones), fresh lobster tossed with olive oil and a little garlic, it was all about the flavor and salt air aroma of lobster.  

The focaccia, was light as air and crispy on the outside topped with rosemary oil and sea salt.  


Children’s options are available and when your little one orders a smoothie it comes in a decorated coconut shell.  Of course you can get something stronger than a smoothie as well.  The restaurant offers a full bar. Vegetarians also have several meals to choose from.


Location: On the beach in Playa Samara between Intercultura and Tabanuco’s.

Phone: 2656 3371. [email protected]

Prices (including tax):  Appetizers  2,500 –   4,000 colones. Entrees 3,000 -10,000   (16,000 for a Mixed grill for 2), Salads 2,500 – 4,200, Desserts  1,500 –   2,800, Beer 1,300 – 1,800, Cocktails 3,200

The good: 

Beautiful setting under old trees right on the beach with a view of the entire beach and Isla Chora.

The bad: 

This place is brand new so they are still getting the kinks out.