Having been a former restaurant reviewer earlier in life, I consider myself to have a critical and discerning palate. I have traveled extensively internationally and lived in some of the best "food cities" in the world, including NYC, San Fran, Dallas, Denver, Miami, LA, and spent months in Italy. We were encouraged by the locals to give this restaurant a try, and enjoyed it so much the first evening that we went back for a second time to try a greater variety of dishes from the menu. This is NOT deep-dish American-style pizza. This is thin-crust authentic Italian-style pizza, that happens to be among the best I have ever eaten. The flavors - from the crust, cheese, toppings, etc. are top quality and delicious, and cooked to perfection. We also sampled several of the pasta dishes, which were consistently outstanding and served in a relaxed and unpretentious manner. The restaurant itself is beach-front, fun and shorts/sandals casual (like most places in Puerto Lopez), but clearly has a quality feel. Indeed, the owners (the Italian husband and Ecuadorian wife) know their food. While the cost is at a slight premium relative to the locale, the value is tremendous, and the experience delightful. To place this in context, while clearly one can find a superior dining experience at a top restaurant in other cities, for a small sleepy fishing/tourist village in Ecuador, one would be hard-pressed to find a better meal. And for great pizza and homemade pasta, the food quality would be on par with any others in any city.
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