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by Lisa Farias
George Town, George Town, Cayman Islands
December 9, 2011
Washington, District of Columbia
May 2, 2002
After a week of rice and potatoes, I was dying for some pasta so I focused on finding a good Italian place. I was also interested in getting out of the Seven Mile Beach area for a change. Fortunately, this search led me to Casanova, a lovely moderately-priced Italian restaurant in Georgetown overlooking the harbour.
I called ahead, making a reservation for three people at 7:15 pm and received the first "Bella, bella" treatmant of many. It felt a lot like being in New York's Little Italy and exemplified the friendly service we would receive throughout our meal.
The dining room of Casanova is on the small side, but in a cozy way. One side of the room is all windows and you can get a nice view of the water by asking for a table closest to the windows.
The menu is extensive, covering many Italian classics plus a few unique twists. There is, of course, plenty of seafood to choose from given the Caribbean location.
My friends and I started our meal by sharing a beef carpaccio appetizer. This cured rare beef appetizer was exceptional - very fresh with a hint of lemon. The accompanying parmesan cheese slices were perfect - salty and firm.
To accompany our wine, we chose a bottle of Italian Sangiovese for, I believe, US$3.
Our entrees were uniformly delicious. I ordered the waiter's suggested pasta, penne alla grappa. Similar to a vodka sauce albeit with less cream, the dish had small pieces of pancetta. The pasta was al dente - perfect. Kristy has a delicious cheese ravioli in meat sauce. Laura had grilled mahi mahi which came with potatoes and vegetables.
We were too full for dessert so we ended the visit with a shot of Casanova's complimentary creme rum. From there, it was on to the Sea View/Naked Fish for cocktails with our friends Ian, Carl and Jason.
We took a cab to Casanova which cost US$8.75. Like many Caymanian restaurants, the bill included a 15% gratuity which brought the grand total to US$110. Not bad at all for a quality meal for three people with wine.
There are several other bars, restaurants and shops in the block or so adjacent to Casanova and I wished I had more time to explore this part of Georgetown. Our trip was simply too short!
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