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Gymnasio side street | Calle Sol de Oro Camino a la Playa, Jaco, Costa Rica
+506 2643 2517
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Tue 14:00 - 22:00
Thu - Fri 14:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 22:00
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Britt, Iowa
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This little restaurant is off the beaten path but once you step inside you will be glad you came. The owner, Juan Carlos(johnny) does all the waiting and is very pleasant. Best of all the food is fresh and truly Italian. Homemade sauces, great salad and bread and Italian house wine, which you have to ask for because it is... More 

Thank begoranson
Boise, Idaho
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

The food was extremely fresh and included homemade pasta and fresh squeezed juices. Our kids loved the food however the sauces could have used a few more spices. Overall a great experience for a higher price.

Thank Elaine L
Washington, D.C.
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132 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Good place; it was referred to as one of the best places to eat in Jaco. It was a nice experience and our waiter was very attentive and very genuine. He didn't hover, but was always available. The restaurant is removed from the hustle/bustle of the main drag in Jaco (Av. Pastor Diaz), so a bit more quiet. It does... More 

Thank TheMeadowsTravel
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70 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

Nice place, good service, The pizza crust was like a undercooked tortilla. $20 for a terrible pizza.

Thank hendrix9422
Clifton, New Jersey
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

I've only eaten here twice but I was not disappointed at all. Best Italian in Jaco so far. Great wine good prices.Best Italian in CostaRica so far. I had seafood ravioli and it was great. The Malbec wine was also very good. Very quiet

Thank John G
Westminster, Maryland
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016

This place is family owned and was very nice. Food portions were large. Staff courtious and service fast. Seemed more geared for adults, like a night out spot. Is small inside and can get crowded but still enjoyable.

Thank Katie H
Kelowna, Canada
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 April 2016

Service was very good, staff were friendly and spoke English well. Food was good, servings were average, red wine ordered was hot and had turned.

Thank Kurt_Kels
Overland Park, Kansas
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120 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016

Read the reviews before going here either everyone was at a different restaurant or we just had a bad cook on a Friday night. Place was not crowded. This was the worst food we ever ate from any International Italian food level and all 7 of us agree. We had two pizza (Margarita and Pepperoni), both came out of the... More 

Thank rodthelmick
LaSalle, Canada
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

These folks know how to cook Italian. Very good food for a reasonable price and the service was outstanding. My son had the lasagna, it was enormous and so delicious. I had fettuccine alfredo with seafood and my husband scampi. We loved it all. Great wine list as well!

Thank LT080868
Boulder, Colorado
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2016

Residents of Jaco...wanted to try something new. Ventured into Paparazzi and while the service was friendly and quite attentive, the food was just awful. Seriously, don't bother. Ordered Lasagna and Ravioli. Overpriced and straight out of a can. Hubby said "worst Italian food I've ever had." :(

Thank SunloverRJM

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gymnasio side street | Calle Sol de Oro Camino a la Playa, Jaco, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Jaco
  • Phone Number: +506 2643 2517
It is a family business run by its members, happy to share their Italian heritage. Fresh ingredients, handmade pasta, along with imported Italian products offer a genuine italian experience!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?