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“Piero is amazing!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Casa Tortuga

Casa Tortuga
Calle Urraca, Panama Province, Panama
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: It is a new restaurant on the Island of Contadora - much needed to expand the choices. I would like to share this gem as it is tucked away in the residential neighborhood and new.
Oyster Bay
1 review
“Piero is amazing!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Yoiu're in Piero's "home", with his Mother and Aunt at the smaller table and you eat family (REALLY) style at a long table with very interesting others! Best part of our trip; whatever he is serving, it is a wonderful meal and expereince! Grazie, Piero!!!

Visited February 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Vancouver, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Italian to die for”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed our supper at Casa Tortuga. Great atmosphere and friendly staff. Piero is a super chef. Lots of food. Little pricey but would go again.

Visited January 2013
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Fonthill, Ontario, Canada
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Homey Enviroment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Had read reviews of how good this restaurant was, so we decided to try it, even though I am not an Italian food lover. It was a three course meal, salad, pasta & postre and it was delicious. Our hotel booked our reservation and said they would pick us up at 7:30. That was a great surprise and really appreciated. We ate at a communal table and got to meet two other interesting couples. The whole experience was delightful.

Visited January 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
“Beautiful perfect food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

My hubs and I went here for our first nights dinner for our honeymoon here. The experience was amazing and thebestbfoodnwe have had so far in panama. Piero his gorgeous wife and his family exercise remarkable attention to detail when it comes to the entire dining experience. And they treat you like you are their first and only customer. Our meal was pasta grilled fish and frilled eggplant finished off with a an island fruit sorbet. We ate eveything. Come here with an empty stomach. Pay in cash and do make a reservation.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kitchener, Canada
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81 reviews 81 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Best place for dinner on Contadora Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Two words. A Mazing. The set menu when we went was a shrimp salad (fresh greens) with crispy flatbreads buttered with a tomato sauce. Our entrée was grilled amberjack (whitefish) alongside some eggplant and red peppers that were also grilled. Desert was a passion fruit mousse and it was outstanding. Everything is fresh and so flavorful.

The atmosphere here is really cool. We dined with a couple from France/Argentina, and between our English, broken Spanish, and French (Canadian) we were able to carry on a conversation all night. When you’re finished your dinner you can sign the wall too!
Piero has wine and beer available, but also allows you to bring your own bottle.

I wish he was open every night we were on the island as we would have eaten there every night. Just a treat.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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