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“Always good, Italian” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Il Ritorno

Il Ritorno
Ranked #128 of 512 Restaurants in San Jose
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Escazu, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Always good, Italian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This restaurant continues to give the excellent service the past owner taught the clientelle and personnell that should be given at a restaurant. Toni was the owner and he was there personally preparing the food to be served, He had a restaurant sold it and went to Italy, but evidently he had become used to Costa Rica and returned to the emblematica Casa Italia in Barrio Francisco Peralta in San José; thus the name of the restaurant, Il Ritorno. Italian food is hard to compete, since there are so many restaurants catering for the same clientelle, but this one is among the best. Although I have been there countless times, I was pleasently surprised to find that the quality has no deminissed and the good service is still there. You will like it.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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English first
New York City
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109 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Returning to Il Ritorno”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

During our 2011 visit to San Jose we got a recommendation from the tour desk in our hotel for Il Ritorno. We dined there a few times and were so impressed that we returned in January 2013.

Each visit required a 15 minutes taxi from our downtown San Jose’s hotel to Casa Italia in San Pedro, but it was worth it. Mushroom appetizers, Pizza Margarita and Pasta with Tomato-Basil sauce were consistently good, though the pasta was too heavy on garlic during our last visit. We tried all the desserts on the menu but did not like any.

During our last visit we saw a party of four men arguing with the waiter over their bill. When we got our check we noticed that prices on two dishes were higher than the menu’s. We notified the waiter and got a correction on one.

Though we had a sweet Panna Cotta just a few minutes prior, this incident left a bitter taste in the mouth. To return or not to return, that is the question.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank TamiSmith
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La Unión, Cartago, Costa Rica
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great food, good service, good price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great Italian food and prices are very good. The restaurant is small and quiet, great place to have a great dinner.

Visited December 2012
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Thank Sebastian D
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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Top 5”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

This is still one of my favorite places to have lunch. Not only the service is outstanding but also food is prepared by the owner. You'll find yourself having lunch with very known people. Want a pizza? pasta? everything is great!

Visited October 2012
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Thank EliasRobles
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Fort Lauderdale
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132 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Been sold”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

It was sold.The original owner.Went and opened up a new restaurant.Food I thought and service was better with previous guys.food is excellent.Just not the same atmosphere as it was with the old guy.he was quite a character.

Visited June 2012
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Thank blakes8542
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