My wife and daughter and I ate here on a Tuesday night last week. We were looking for an affordable but good spot for dinner on our last night in Balneário Camboriú. Famiglia Mantovani fit the bill. This place is everything that Balneário Camboriú is NOT. It is not trendy, it is not luxurious, it is not concerned with appearances, and it is definitely not expensive
This restaurant is less than a block from Avenida Atlântica, but it might as well be a world away. The person waiting tables was a nimble old man with an apron and Docksides. The person in the kitchen I assumed to be his wife. The restaurant appears to be a former house, and the dining room is just the living room with a number of square tables instead of the sofas and armchairs. By 9pm, all the tables were taken, and there was a wait at the door to get a table.
The pasta dishes were very good. Ravioli was light, but slightly overcooked. Red and white sauce was fine. Fettuccine with sun-dried tomato sauce was a little salty, but otherwise good. We had a starter of toasts with pesto that was pretty good. All the choices on the menu are the classic Italian cantina fare. I would bet that the menu has not changed the whole time they have been in business.
As we left, we walked past the American bistro which was number one on TripAdvisor up until last week. That restaurant was empty, and our wallet thanked us for having chosen Famiglia Mantovani.