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“Good food in Puerto Vallarta”
Review of Magna Magna

Magna Magna
Ranked #307 of 1,127 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed March 28, 2013

I had the opportunity to have lunch at Magna Magna today. We were walking along the streets of PV looking for a place to eat and thought we would take a chance. What a wonderful surprise, a lunch special that was inexpensive and very good (70 paso )as well as a glass of wine or a beer was included. The service was great and the owner was friendly. We will definitely go back

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

A local resident recommended this restaurant. We tried the lunch special for 70 pesos and it was fantastic. The food was cooked on the spot - generous portions and good wine. We added dessert of gelato and tiramisu - delicious - and ended with homemade limoncello. We will be back!

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2  Thank PVPedro
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

I would return back to this restaurant mainly because of the charm and easy feeling. Great mural of Diego and Frida having dinner with Sophia Loren, The Godfather, a Lucha Libre wrestler... super fun.
Nice big glass of wine for only 40+ pesos. Looks like the have a great lunch which includes a glass of wine or beer. Great deal.
The food... the gnocchi, an absolute favorite... could have been out of this world in their multi flavored cheese sauce but they over cooked the gnocchi and there could have been more gnocchi to balance the super rich sauce. The lasagne didn't look good at all. Dry, small portion... so skip.
Will go back because the place simply has great small restaurant charm at a reasonable price. Would like the decor of this restaurant anywhere in the world and when you are on the open air second floor of the restaurant you still feel you are in the cool more local Mexican neighborhood while having an environment of old school Italian charm.
The service was not too hot.
Will see how it is in future visits.

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2  Thank Nathalie H
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

I was driving to the mercado when I noticed the awning for Magna Magna. It used to be a rib joint so I pulled over to check out what was now up those stairs that lead up from the street to the second floor. It was mid afternoon between lunch and dinner so the place was empty save for the voices of the kitchen staff prepping for the evening. It looked charming with a bar at the far end, painted brick walls, and handmade signs encircling the perimeter. I knew we had to come back that night!

It's in a neighborhood away from the main scene, so parking was readily available. We climbed up the stairs and as the room revealed itself to us, we were greeted by shouts of hello from 4 friends who happened to also be there. We moved right into their table and chef Luca immediately came out to say he would hold their orders while we decided. Nice!

The menu was simple... Apps, pasta, meat, chicken, fish. The Magna brochettas (seafood) were tasty... Two orders were perfect for six. The carpaccio app (it was actually a different dried meat but I forget) was incredible! Drenched in a fine olive oil (which differentiated it as well from carpaccio) and very flavorful. The sea bass was poached, and very soft in texture and flavor. The raviolis (more like tortellini but who cares) were a wonderful texture as well... Obviously homemade. I'll try the gnocchi next time! The food is overall very well crafted, and more rustic that haute cuisine.

Wine... We had a Mexican Tempranillio and a Montepulciano. I was just in Montepulciano so was thrilled to find this here. Like all reds, these needed to breathe a bit, but opened up nicely.

Only one suggestion... The atmosphere is charming, and if the lights were dimmed a bit more, the charm would increase exponentially! This place is definitely a keeper!!

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Reviewed March 9, 2013

We had a reservation for 8 but probably did not need it the night we went. We were seated immediately. Water and bread to the table. The waiter tried to explain the menu and our questions. We thought he did a great job, but, he went and brought out the chef who re explained and adjusted dishes to meet everyones needs. terrific food. good ambiance. excellent service.

2  Thank Computernana
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