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“Quality not always the same”
Review of Mary's Restaurant

Mary's Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 19 Restaurants in Mal Pais
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 11 August 2013

We went to Mary's twice while in Mal Paid, first time because of good recommendations and we liked the philisophy - homegrown etc.

I had shrimps in peanut sauce and my friend had pizza - both were outstanding and we would have given the place a five but we eagerly returned the following night and were disappointed. We both greedily ordered pizza and were very disappointed. It wasn't the same pizzaiolo but neither of us could finish our pizzas. It's a shame to have two cooks who are so different in terms of cooking quality.

However we were offered a guacomole free of charge before our pizzas arrived (not sure why but a very nice gesture) and when our waitress saw that we hadn't finished the pizzas she asked us to be honest and say what we thought. We explained and she very kindly reduced the price.

SO all in all, we highly recommend the place, just check who's at the wood oven before you order a pizza.

PS I have to say I have never understood why outside Italy very few pizza places understand that you should NOT put raw vegetables on a pizza - they just don't cook in the time they are in the oven and come out tasteless and and crunchy. All Italian pizzaiolos preapre their vegetables by pre-baking or marinading them. This was one of the problems with our second day pizzas.

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Thank luxingzhe
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

We enjoyed the pizza very much. Service.was okay. Four stars for the food. If visiting during the green season, may not be open every night.

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Thank DaveK063
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

The focus here is on local and organic food, which I really enjoyed while traveling. Everything we had was very fresh and tasty, and I highly recommend it!

Thank Kathleen M
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

The pizza we got at Mary's might have been on the top list of pizzas we ever had, and dorada dinner was excellent, but the service was far from satisfactory. Our waitress has failed to serve orange juice to the little one after two reminders, and we never got foccasia we ordered. Overall, the meal took the most time out of all we had in CR.

Thank Lucy L
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

Good food here, mostly grown or reared locally on Mary's farm. Bit of a trek out of Santa Teresa into Mal Pais if you don't have your own transport, but worth the trip. And taxis are not expensive. Recommended.

Thank PerfectFootprint
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