We ate at L'Arrabbiata our last night (before the bus) in San Cristobal. We hadn't been really thrilled by other meals in the town but found the pasta, the service, and Laura's great energy and enthusiasm really a joy.
Laura was playing a wonderful mix of oldies (Dean Martin on the Bob Hope Show, the score from the film "Laura", etc. ). She hummed along with Gershwin's "An American in Paris" and generally showed that she was happy and glad that we and the other customers were there.
When we ordered, Laura cautioned us about getting an appetizer as the pasta portions were large: we did anyway, and enjoyed a shared bruschetta topped with fresh tomatoes and garlic. She was right, and next time we'll be satisfied with her plain Italian bread!
I chose the pasta with vodka, blue cheese, and bacon. My husband had the amatriciana, and both plates were so substantial and so tasty that we brought the substantial remainder back on the bus to enjoy the next day in Oaxaca! Wine was very reasonable and pleasant and the chocolate mousse dessert, accompanied with a rich cup of coffee, was excellent. We haven't found any pasta or any Italian restaurant in Oaxaca to compare with Laura's!
The restaurant is tiny, with two tables for 2 and one table for 4. Laura and an assistant accomplish a great deal in a miniscule cooking area and Laura eagerly enquires if one is enjoying the meal and if there is anything she can do to make a dish even more to one's liking. We also felt warm on the typical cold San Cristobal night in the restaurant.
We were very happy that this was our final, crowning dining experience in SCLC and we wish Laura great success and continued joy in her work!
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