Puerto Vallarta Journals

Romantic Italian Dining

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An April 2008 trip to Puerto Vallarta by Andariega

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Quote: Thankfully, many Italians have moved to Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone and their food has been enthusiastically adopted. Here is a sample of what is available.

Eat Me

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Restaurant | "Out of Business"

Tiny Toast Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Just the other morning, looking through one of the local event newspapers, we saw an ad for this restaurant. To my question, "Has anyone tried Eat Me?" the responses were "Huh?" Excuuuuse me?" and," Go away!" Obviously, it was new to us. We thought it was probably more of a bar. The name, even though appropriate to food I guess, seemed to scream "nasty bar". We were all hungry, but the consensus was "We can drink our breakfast". We looked up the address. It was in the old Paco Paco building a few blocks away.I, for one, was very happy to see a menu outside the door. Eat Me was a legitimate restaurant. From the outside this building looks like many other places around here. The inside is u...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 4, 2008

Funiculi

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Restaurant

Funiculi Sign Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Ravenous and heading off to the supermarket seemed like a bad idea. It was late morning and we had lunch plans. We needed a quick and light breakfast. Funiculi seemed the perfect choice. It is close to the supermarket Gutierrez Rizo and offers sandwiches. Even though we had never actually eaten here, we had smelled great things. We decided to give it a try.The place was very small, with just a handful of tables, and decorated like a living room - very homey. On the wall, behind the counter, was the menu. The offerings were simple, coffees, sandwiches and desserts. A board on the door listed the daily specials. There were four of them, all pasta dishes.We stuck to our plan - cof...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 4, 2008

La Pizza Nostra

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Restaurant

La Pizza Nostra Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Many years ago, when I lived in this part of town, I was a regular customer of La Pizza Nostra. It was comfortable; the owner was friendly; the pool table was busy; the pizza was edible and the onion soup was spectacular. When I moved those long fifteen miles, I just forgot about the place. I was in the neighborhood. It was time to try it again.We chose to sit on the patio. It now had a roof over it. Since most of the seating is on the patio, this must make rainy season dining much more comfortable. Little changes over the years gave the place a classier and more Italian feel. The delicate metal chairs, green and white striped cushions and red-checkered tablecloths work well together. In...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 4, 2008

La Pizza Nostra
Francesca Rodriguez 150
Puerto Vallarta
+52 (322) 223-0703

La Piazzetta

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Restaurant

La Piazzetta Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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La Piazzetta is another old favorite we had somehow forgotten about. The food had always been excellent. Judging by the expansion and the crowds, it still was. We were seated at one of the few remaining tables, right next to the sidewalk. Our waiter handed us our menus, politely took our drink orders and left. The crowd was a mixture of foreigners and nationals, tourists and locals.La Piazzetta is a medium sized restaurant with almost all its seating outside on patios. The tables are elegantly set and the lighting is low. There is little decoration to speak of. None is needed. The corner it is on is busy with foot traffic. There is always something going on.The menu is long and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 4, 2008

La Piazzetta
Olas Atlas & Rodolfo Gomez 143
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48380
+ 52 322 206 50

Maña Maña

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Restaurant | "Eating with Captain Jack"

Maña Maña Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Maña Maña is rather new to town. It is a small Italian restaurant a couple of blocks from the supermarket Rizo. It is easy to miss but worth looking for.We came to town specifically to get a spinach sandwich from the restaurant Funiculi. They were closed but right next door was another Italian place we had never tried. It was Maña Maña. We went in not knowing what to expect. We were charmed. The walls of this tiny establishment were painted a warm orange and with scenes of a busy bistro. Along one wall was painted a grand fireplace complete with blazing fire. Sitting at tables along the back were noteworthy patrons ranging from Diego and Frida with a monkey on her back to Captain Jack and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 24, 2008