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Il Ritorno

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200 m South from KFC, La California, San Jose, Costa Rica
(506) 2225-0543
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Went yesterday with my wife and they Still have a promotion, 3 courses for 2 for $40,00, a good size salad, a very good appetizer, I had the Ravioli, and my wife had the Veal, plus a nice small Pannacota, together with a good bottle of wine, good ambiance. Can't beat a deal like that in San Jose.

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Thank Mario B
San Jose, Costa Rica
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Absolutely amazing, the Christmas special was embarrassingly cheap for the quality of food we were served, 3 course meal for 2 at USD 40.00 is insane, even in Costa Rica, fresh tomatoes over mozzarella buffala, Lemon Veal and Chicken parmigiana, for an amazing Limoncello mousee and the tastiest Panacotta. Really, I feel like had the deal people talk about andfyou... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 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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52 restaurant reviews
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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
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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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Thank mokee
Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

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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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
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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • 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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?