Anyone who has been to Italy knows the food is something you never forget. It leaves an impact and an impression that is hard to find elsewhere. We had the opportunity to indulge recently at Bacchus Restaurante in Costa Rica and their homemade Italian cuisine is both authentic and savory.
The restaurant is located in Santa Ana, one of the nicest suburbs of the Capital San Jose. It is a charming town all on its own that has space and fresh air just a few miles from the busy capital. Bacchus has plenty of secured parking and it is open for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is built in a local open air style with beautiful garden views and a terrace that allows you to enjoy Costa Rica’s mild year round climate.
We were greeted by enthusiastic staff all of them were well versed on the menu. It was immediately apparent this restaurant has all the signs of a good place. A high staff to client ratio, limited seating and a small but diverse menu.
There were a good abundance of vegetarian dishes so that those like us who eat that way don’t feel like the only option is angel hair spaghetti as happens a lot of places. We enjoyed amazing baked pastas, a mouthwatering porchini risotto and a cheese platter that offered some of Italy’s most tasty delights.
The wine list was diverse and had many great Italian favorites but in the end we decided on an Israeli wine that has vineyards in California and is starting to produce in Costa Rica as well. The restaurant not only makes an effort to do amazing home cooked food, but also to partner with local farmers and growers to bring Italian methods of food production to the country.
Dessert was as expertly handcrafted as the main course. We heartily recommend the Tiramisu like grandma used to make. It achieves balance among the various ingredients which is always the mark of an experts tiramisu.