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“Love this place!”

Capo San Giovanni's Mari e Monti
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $60
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Capo San Giovanni's changed location and names now Chef Gianfranco propose offers to is follower and to the public Neapolitan and Calabrian dishes without changing his cooking style and service. Our new name is IL CUORE DI NAPOLI AUTHENTIC SOUTHERN ITALIAN CUICINE Come and enjoy a new and traditional Southern Italian experience.Capo San Giovanni's Mari e Monti changed name and location and invite you to relax and savor the delicious aromas and flavors of our homeland,Napoli, in the south of Italy in front at beautiful isles of Capri and Ischia. Welcome to one of the most visited restaurants in Cabo San Lucas, a southern Italian style restaurant & bar with a beautiful dining room packed with guests in an unassuming cozy space remembering the charm of Gianfranco's back home town. A outdoor TERRAZZA beckons to you to dine al fresco - it seems to transport you from Cabo to a lovely Italian country . The story behind the restaurant Il Cuore Di Napoli and chef Gianfranco Zappalá raised in Calabria but of mather Napoletana he learn to grasp the essence of the cuisine of the two regions, Bova Marina a rock that indicates the southern point of the Italian peninsula, in the interior part of the famous boot, in the region of Calabria, facing the Ionio sea and the isle of Sicilia, an area of a thousand stories of civilization, culture, great battles. This volcanic land produces the most exquisite flavors in all the Mediterranean area. Gianfranco Zappalá , executive chef of the restaurant began his love for the food of south Italy by the preparation and the secrets in the kitchens of his grandmothers. He learned the recipes conserved in his family by hundreds years continuing the traditions Napoletana and Calabrese. Fisherman and hunter by heart and by heritage, with a great passion for the sea, the mountain, and their fruits. He participated in his youth in the fishing, hunting and the elaboration of dishes of the earth & sea in the family restaurant and hotel Girasole, which still exists, to the delight of its multiple clients from the north of Europe. Gianfranco later operated a restaurant and disco at the "Monte Papagallo", in Bova Marina, a gorgeous place, surrounded by olive trees, owned by his family. In 1993, with anxieties to fly, he accepted the invitation from the corporative of the clothing designer and compatriot Giorgio Armani, to become Executive Chef in two of his restaurants ( Armani's Beverly Hills and Costa Mesa, California ), immediately Gianfranco's "grandmother's recipes became famous". His success extended to the consultancy of five Star restaurants in Phoenix, Sedona, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. The consulting firm offers a society to the first San Giovanni Restaurant, located in Anaheim Hills. In November 1997, attracted by the many stories from clients who shared his passion of fishing, they told him of a place, on the south of the Peninsula of Baja California, where the most exquisite tunas, mahi-mahi and marlins could be obtained from the Pacific, decided to visit this beautiful region, and fell in love with the rustic beauty, very similar to his home lands.Since March of 1998 Gianfranco, member of the F.I.C. (Italian Federation of Chefs), keeps his knowledge of Italian cuisine updated with some Master Chefs in Florence,NAPLES, Reggio Calabria and Rome, Italy. He has received a special recognition to preserve the culinary traditions as to innovate the dishes with modern ideas and the combination of ingredients of the old and new world. Gianfranco and his wife Hilda which is the sommelier invite you to relax in their cozy patio, at the most authentic style Italian Restaurant of this side of world, accompanied by live music. So, let take yourself by the flavors of the Mediterranean land... and remember, a glass of red wine with your dinner promotes a healthy life, so... Buon Appetito !!!
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Love this place!”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

My husband and I have been coming to Cabo since the mid 90's and since we found this little gem it is always on our must do list. Just returned from Cabo and we here twice in our 2 week stay. The food is always amazing and the service is fabulous. This last visit we were taken care of by David, Brabo and Maru as well as having the opportunity to meet Executive Chef Zapella himself!

  • Visited January 2013
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sacramento
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Good Italian food”
Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Always dependable , David the waiter is delightful and professional. Food is always five stars. Love the slide show too

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

As many times as we have been to Cabo we have walked past this place without a second glance. Duh on us. That little restaurant from the front has a beautiful large patio in back with lots of tables under the stars. There was live music the pleasant in a restaurant kind not the blaring loud type, and excellent. We went there with friends for my birthday. We had a wonderful dinner, in fact we had a superb experience. The owners were charming. The service 1st class and the food was some of the best Italian food bar none. Your loss if you don't check it out. btw it is across the street from the entrance to Cabo Wabo so lots to do after dinner. :>)

  • Visited November 2012
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Denver,Colorado
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4 reviews
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“Real Italian people making Italian heaven”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

We go here every year since 1996 and we have always had a terrific meal and great wine. These Italians go home to Italy every summer to help their parents' italian restaurant during the busy season. We have been around the world and this place is right up there with the big boys for authentic italian food at a very resonable price and to me I have found no one better anywhere.

Visited November 2012
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Majorca, Spain
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“Delicious!”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

They are always on the lookout for what you need, it's great the food is delicious, to my opinion exaggerate attention but overall I really liked

Visited December 2012
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