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“Really Wonderful Pasta From a Chef From Rome Who Loves What She Does”
Review of L'Arrabbiata - CLOSED

L'Arrabbiata
Price range: $5 - $7
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations, Takeout
Description: L'Arrabbiata Restaurant – a cozy intimate italian restaurant with a warming atmosphere, where the easiness of ingredients is blended with the taste of authentic italian tradition's dishes. You will taste hearty starters of fresh hand made pasta as filled ravioli and fettuccine, each served with plenty of typical sauces of italian cuisine. And no lack of music and good wine to come with a meal which anyone can afford, whether a tourist or not, thanks to the moderates prices.
Reviewed February 3, 2014

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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1  Thank Barbara M
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

Thank you Laura for sharing your love of cooking with us on a chilly night in San Cristobal. Your handmade pasta was cooked perfectly and was presented with just enough basil and parmigiano to make it memorable. Your tiny restaurant was a special treat for us old farts :-) Great company and lively conversation throughout our meal!

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Thank Eastcaper
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Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

Add my voice to the chorus of great reviews. I was astonished at how anyone could put great pasta on the table in such a micro-restaurant but she did. The proprietor does it all from bussing the tables to cooking your food. It really reminded me of an Italian family restaurant. It's very reasonable and extremely welcoming.

Thank wineandtravellover
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Very good tasting of wines and pastas. I try an italian wine very good quality and the pasta is very autentic.

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Thank SchulzJ444
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

We made a reservation for 6 people over the phone and found particular that the person on the line asked if we were really going to come because the restaurant was small... Well what a surprise to discover this wonderful small place with 2 tables for two and 1 table for four!

When we arrived, the four other guests of Laura (the owner) were finishing their dinner and soon left us alone with the her, who does everything (even laughing at our joke from the kitchen, which is really 6 feet away from the tables!). Everything here is typical Italian (Laura is from Rome) and home made. She goes to the market everyday. When we sat down she advised us that there was no more Bolognese and no more deserts. It had been a busy day for her. Nevertheless, everything on the menu looked amazing.

We started with an extremely fresh and tasty bruschetta. It was served in batch of two which came in waves with 5 minutes interval but this did not matter as we are between friends and enjoying ourselves in this little paradise. Then the pastas came and we were all amazed at the tastes and freshness once again. The dinner was impeccable and the host amazing. she talked with us and we learned all about how she fell in love with San Cristobal and decided to move there. She is very colorful and have an amazing Italian accent when she speak Spanish!

She offered us a glass of wine on the house which turned to a bottle. We spend the evening there and completely enjoy ourselves.

Be aware; this is not you high class top service restaurant. this is like being invited for dinner to your best friend's house. Service is a bit chaotic sometimes as conversation extend but the experience is priceless.

I fell in love with San Cristobal de las Casas for the beauty of the place and the friendliness of it's people. Laura made it an even more lovable place. I could see myself moving there to live and going to eat at L'Arrabiata every other day (yes, the prices are very low so you can afford it)

This place is a MUST if you are passing by San Cristobal de las Casas!

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3  Thank Jean L
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