We first visited Cafe del Pueblo when we were in Playa Grande in 2011. We met the owner by the pool at our hotel and she was so excited about her restaurant and such a friendly person we couldn't not go. The food was wonderful and we've said since that trip if we ever go back we have to go there. We've just returned to the States from our 2nd Costa Rica, Playa Grande trip and wouldn't have missed the opportunity to visit Cafe del Pueblo again. My son has been wanting the gnocchi for two years! The restaurant is super clean,the patio is nicely decorated, the staff and owners make you feel like you've come to a friend's house for dinner. And best of all, the food is wonderful, authentic Italian and everything is home-made. Enjoy!