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“apparently the best in town”
Review of La Pecora Nera

La Pecora Nera
Ranked #1 of 6 Restaurants in Cocles
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 26 May 2014

And indeed, they do serve nice Italian food. I do recommend their pizzas, my wife had an extremely delicious prawns dish, they have excellent espresso and their open wines are affordable. It's said to be the most expensive in town, but you dine well and enjoy while walking away with a mere $60 bill.

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Reviewed 24 May 2014

What to say? Everything was absolutely wonderful, menu selection, wines, quality and the personalized service. Ambience beautiful in a open space and cozy. Ilario the owner is an Italian with many years living in the area that personally takes care of you and transmit his passion for food and service.
A must while in the area. Every penny worth it's value.
Highly recommended.
By the way, about dressing, don't worry you can go completely casual and informal, in the area everything goes cool, relax and at a slow pace. Peace and love!

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1  Thank Fechavo
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

We saw mixed reviews and were told that it was the "pricier of the two" recommendations that our local B&B host had. The other place "El Refugio" never answered the phone, so i guess they were too busy, closed or had phone probs.
Anyway, we went looking and ended up at Pecora Nera.
Good choice.
We were looking for a romantic evening for 2 and we found it.
The chef (not sure if he's the owner or not, but he acts like it) was deeply concerned about hospitality, quality, ambiance and personal service.
We were greeted in 2 languages (until they figured out the one we preferred) but heard the chef visiting every table for several minutes conversing freely in at least Spanish, English and Italian. Its always a nice touch if you're not fluent in the local tongue.
Anyway, we weren't sure about what to have, so following the advice of a previous rviewer, we left it up to the chef.
Good move!
He picked two dishes, split them, brought them out one, following the other with the perfect amount of time between to savor and discuss what we enjoyed about each one. We could never have picked a better home run!
They included a small appetizer (crusty bread / toast slices with some sauce- great!) and of course a big basket of fresh hot bread with dinner.
To be fair - one caveat. The house wine was ... Okay.
It wasnt memorable, but it was italian and okay. I didnt recognize any of the bottles of wine on his wine list so we went with something safe. It was okay.
Afterward, the Tiramisu was also a little better than average, but still very good. And fresh.
But the food, the ambiance, the smells, flavors, the GARLIC, i mean what do you go to an Italian Rest for?
The chef cared deeply about every table (all 10 of them) and chatted with and greeted everyone.
He apologized for the slow service (it wasnt slow, in fact, by Costa Rica standards it was quite rapid, except waiting for the check, which was Costa Rican normal). But you have to remember, the standards in this country are NOT U.S. standards! They are more of on the European service standard - leave people alone and when they're ready, they'll ask for the "cuenta". Its a very relaxed, unrushed country in that regard.
In his apology, he asked if he could bring us some Sambuca and 'galletas' (cookies) on the house. Well....we obliged. Good move! Perfect way to end that meal. If i was going to be in the area for longer, we'd go back again.

Note - i read a couple of not-so- great reviews about this place. My question - Are you sure you were at the right place? The sign for La Pecora Nera is on the main road. There is a restaurant directly under the sign, LA PECORA NERA is down that side road about a block. Its in the back. Way back. Very remote in its ambiance, looks like a large shinto temple with its high roof, bamboo ceilings, the pitch, the art carvings, etc.
I just cant see how anybody would have a bad experience here.
The chef made a couple of suggestions and then said "if you dont like it, you dont have to pay for it". Of course we did, because we liked it, but they even poured a small taste of each glass of wine as though it was a '59 Rothschild when in fact it was a glass of house wine!
Seriously, do yourself a favor and go here once.

Disclaimer - i am not related to anyone even remotely connected to this restaurant. I have no financial interest in this place (although i wish i did) and i will get no financial or other benefit from rating it a 5. But after reading a few mediocre reviews, i wished to give my true honest opinion about a great place that i wish was closer to my house!

2  Thank Mark N
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

After having to look for the restaurant at the end of the little street, we were recieved with a smile.

This is the place to enjoy good quality italian food in Costa Rica.

Good service with an eye for the little details that make it a great experience.

The food may be a bit overpriced but it was worth it.

1  Thank nauwemi
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

You have to be very careful, as most of the people going to this restaurant go first to the wrong restaurant. La Pecora Negra is at the end of the little street. Beautiful place with very good it alien food. Of course, if you are european and go to an it alien restaurant outside of europe, feels strange... But they cook very good and very tasty. I recommend.

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