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200 m South from KFC, La California, San Jose, Costa Rica
(506) 2225-0543
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Favorito

By far one of my favorites. great food and specials. Always quality driven. Waiter staff especially the young blond waiter is amazing he deserves every praise. Love pasta, pizza and fish and steak specials. Focaccia is one of the best. Price range ok.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

By far one of my favorites. great food and specials. Always quality driven. Waiter staff especially the young blond waiter is amazing he deserves every praise. Love pasta, pizza and fish and steak specials. Focaccia is one of the best. Price range ok.

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New York City
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83 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We love coming to Il Ritorno and have returned since February 2011, when we first discovered this fine restaurant. We tried the mushrooms appetizer, Minestrone soup, Pizza Margherita, pasta with tomato-basil sauce and Panna cotta for desert. All dishes were fine, especially the pizza. A lively wedding party took place during our Friday visit, and a Mariachi band boomed away... More 

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San Jose
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The food here is over-the-top delicious. The staff are professional and friendly. The atmosphere is cheerful and celebratory. The service is timely but not rushed.

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Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Excellent food Marco is a great Chef excellent attention best Italian food in town should be #1 of Costa Rica Lovely enviroment

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I known this restaurant for 5 years and it has been one of the best things that ever happened to me. Since I was in italian classes in the same building I get to know most of the menu. Agnolotti Mezza Luna are one of the best pasta dishes, the sauce is spectacular!!! The Nutella crepe is a must as... More 

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San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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52 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I eat here several times a month. I have never had a bad meal here in 8 years under the ownership of Tony or Marco. Having the owner/operator in the kitchen makes all the difference. I don't think I have looked at a menu in 5 years, They will make you anything you want. The staff has been there forever.... More 

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Musselshell Mt
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Just get into a taxi & tell the driver Casa Itatia, My friend & owner of many years,Tony, sold his restaurant to now the new owner,& chef Marco. The food has been & still is as fantastic as ever & very inexpensive. Take it from me a true New York, Italian & eating at this place for so many years,... More 

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Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I just visited this restaurant a few days ago and I must say I did not like it at all. The food was really spicy and definitely not Italian, not even close. I ordered a pesto plate to start, the portion was small and had a few pieces of Costa Rican salami and nothing else. no mozzarella, no prosciutto, Italian... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The food was very good and the restaurant is very quaint. The service is fast, but not friendly, so don´t sweat it, just enjoy the wonderful food.

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Sapphire, North Carolina
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45 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

The atmosphere is old Italy and the handmade pasta is a melt in the mouth favorite. The sea bass is great as is the fettuccine and the spaghetti carbonara. A great value with pleasant staff and nice surroundings.

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Address: 200 m South from KFC, La California, San Jose, Costa Rica
Phone Number: (506) 2225-0543
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
Cuisine: Italian

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  • Address: 200 m South from KFC, La California, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: (506) 2225-0543

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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