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“Good Pasta”
Review of Cantina da Nena

Cantina da Nena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: City Center
Description: Tradicional restaurant in the city (since 1980);The fresh pasta is the best choice and also have an excellent business lunch.
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Its a good option if you apreciate pasta. The place is simple and the service is good.But there is more to enjoy there than pasta though, I like the zucchini with gorgonzola soup during winter nights. The wine list is not big, but you can always find something to drink. If you have never tried Nena's food before I suggest you go from Monday to Wednesdays nights: you'll find most of their pasta and italian sauces in a "all you can eat" fashion, so you can taste diferent dishes for one price that is very fair.

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Thank rodriguesle
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

Food is neither good, nor bad. Crowded, stifling and small place is complemented by letargic service. Overpriced. All in all: poor.

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Reviewed January 26, 2012

The Cantina da Nena is a very traditional italian restaurant in SJC. It's been there for years, always providing guests with a friendly service, nice atmosphere and reasonable prices. Our favorite dish is the "Gnocchi 4 queijos", always well prepared and enough for a couple.

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Reviewed October 6, 2011

The restaurant offers good service as well as good food. Also, the variety is ok when you go at lunch time (you don't necessarily need to choose Italian food) as they have all sorts of dishes.
Price is reasonable considering what is offered. I recommend!

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Thank Michele T
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

As Sao Jose welcomes many visitors from around the Wolrd, the Cantina da Nena is a good place to go if you get tired of hotel food. Remember that in Brazil people dine after 7PM. It offers honest homemade pasta and steaks for a very good value. The atmosphere is informal and cozy. The service is good and English is understood, but not spoken by the waiters. Try the meat ravioli (raviole de carne), meat stuffed fresh pasta, the best in town. Also interesting are the steaks, the meat carpaccio and the crab cake (casquinha de siri). On Saturdays, try the Brazilian national dish, feijoada, a black beans and pork stew. Argentine and Chilean wines are reasonably priced. Fixed price menu at weekdays for lunch is also available. Reservations are not required, but be prepared to wait on Saturdays for lunch.

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1  Thank JennerSP
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