We enjoy being able to go out to dinner every now and again. Sometimes we take recommendations from our new friends, sometimes we look at Trip Adviser.com and sometimes we take a chance.
We have gone into town several times and while walking down a main road we saw a sign for Bella Italia down a side street. We decided to try it one night. It has open air seating complete with red and white checkered table cloths. The young man (teenager) who waited on us was really friendly and didn't speak much English. Fortunately the menu had the English description under each entree. We both decided to have the lasagne - beef for me (Tina) and chicken for Mark. We also decided to split a "Mixed Salad".
The waiter brought us out complimentary bruschetta. The marinated diced tomatoes were carefully laid on very fresh homemade bread. We found out they make their own bread on site. It was wonderful. The salad was next and was not quite what we expected. It had a lot of sliced tomatoes on the plate - not a favorite for Mark. There was an artfully arranged combination of tomatoes (wedges and marinated diced tomatoes), mushrooms, hard-boiled eggs, lettuce, and oranges (tangerines?). It didn't have any dressing so Mark asked for some oil and vinegar (the typical dressing served in CR). Our main course came out, nice and hot. Both lasagne dishes were great but we slightly preferred the beef over the chicken. It was also a big portion, so we ended up taking some of both entrees home and having it for lunch the next day. The entire dinner was about $28.00. Pretty good for a nice dinner and lunch the next day.
We were really glad we gave it a try. A few days later, we were in town in the late afternoon and realized we didn't have anything ready for dinner. We decided to stop by our little Italian restaurant and pick up a pizza to go. It also turned out to be good: a thin, crispy crust, and nicely seasoned sauce. We felt is was a little light on toppings (ham & mushroom). Pretty tasty, but not our favorite. I told Mark that I want to try pizza at every place we can (we've tried three places so far), so I can do an Atenas Pizza Review. Who will see it and who really cares? I don't know, but it's a good excuse...