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“Upscale Italian food in a remote fishing village”
Review of Figaro

Figaro
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Dining options: Reservations
Flat Rock, North Carolina
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174 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Upscale Italian food in a remote fishing village”
Reviewed December 19, 2011

This gem of a restaurant in a tiny fishing village is a real find. You can arrive by land or sea. It is on the Bahia de Tenicatita in La Manzanilla, about 3 1/2 hrs south of Puerto Vallarta. Pino, the owner, is delightful and offers delicious homemade pasta and wood fired oven pizzas. The pasta alfredo with shrimp is light, not heavy, and the most delicious any of us ever tasted. Fresh fish is always on the menu and sometimes mussels. The setting is beautiful, overlooking the ocean under a palapa roof.

  • Visited December 2011
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Albuquerque
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“Beautiful, Tasty, yet Overpriced”
Reviewed December 12, 2010

The best thing about Figaro is that you feel like you are splurging for a fancy meal. In this small beach town this is the closest you can get to a perfect date night restaurant. It really is beautifully decorated, and there are all sorts of hilarious gold and silver sculptures of sexy female bodies scattered around. Also there is an oven (probably for firing pizzas) that has an octopus on the top whose eyes light up red when the fire is going in the oven. After that the next best thing is the staff who are overly courteous and attentive. Its sort of lame that the Owner makes them speak English only, but its not my restaurant. The menu is pretty standard Italian; mussels, salads, pastas, fish, etc. Its the only place in town with beer on tap (Corona I think) and it is good, especially the dark. Sometimes the pasta is made fresh to order and that is really tasty. The mussels that they urge you to order are pretty expensive and while tasty, not something I'd recommend to those on a budget. The coffees are mostly foamed milk. In the busy season you may want to make a reservation. In the morning its nice to get a coffee and a croissant on the beach ($50 pesos) and they let you camp out for a while.

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Victoria
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Don't Leave La Manzanilla without dining here!”
Reviewed April 2, 2009

We love this restaurant. From the moment you enter the magical courtyard from the street or knock the sand from your shoes entering beach side, you know you've found a gem in the town. Pino, owner and artist, has created a warm and inviting environment, serving true Italian food (he has even sent his chef to Italy for training) and offers a wide variety of Italian dishes including truly some of the best pizza's I've ever had--Diovolo, Marguerita, Pepperoni and Mariscos to name but a few. These paired with amazingly fresh salads make for a full meal. The tomato salad loaded with the sweetest tomatoes ever and the beet salad something to dream about. My husband hates beets but loves this salad!!
My sister in law had the Octopus Carpacio and stated that it's good enough to make a non octopus lover an octopus lover!
If you are fortunate enough to be there when Pino uncorks his home made lemoncello you're in for a treat.
A great find in a wonderful little town.

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San Francisco
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9 reviews
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“Great beachfront Italian”
Reviewed December 30, 2008

Fabulous beachfront dining location, with an impressive garden at the entrance. Food was very good. We ordered salmon tartar and grilled vegetables to start, which were both excellent. We had two pasta dishes, a fish in wine sauce, and two shimp dishes as mains, and all were very tasty. The pasta was made fresh which made a huge difference. I alone in our group didn't like the cold lentils as one of the sides. Somehow the hot and cold mix didn't work for me.

Service was a mix. We were welcomed warmly by the Italian owner, who seated us and took our drink orders. We had to wait a long time to give our meal orders, but the ambiance is so pleasant that none of us minded.

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Thank dleibo
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