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La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

Destination: Nosara

La Dolce Vita is a top-notch restaurant burrowed in a second-story rancho in the tropical dry forest of Nosara, uniting the mysteries of the Costa Rican jungle with the wonders of full Italian flavors and hospitality.

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Initiate the Italian experience with a plate of golden baked rosemary dusted focaccia bread accompanied by Gardiniera (Italian relish of pickled vegetables in vinegar) and twice pressed garlic cloves in olive oil.

Nibble first on the firm crunch of the Italian spinach salad, $10, tossed in tangy Rangpur vinaigrette, topped with walnuts and generous slices of pecorino cheese. Or, delight in an antipasto masterpiece of delicate Speck (Italian cured meat) and soft ripened goat cheese, $15, drizzled with cream of balsamic vinegar, served with a side of seasonal dried orange and cranberry jams.

Glean deliciousness in the pasta primo; ravioli, $21, filled with rich Gorgonzola cheese, covered in Taleggio cheese and black truffle cream sauce, bestowing a new reason to dream of pasta at night. Or, gratify your palate on linguini, $18, with roasted bell pepper sauce flambéed with vodka, tossed with ground Italian sausage and fresh pecorino Romano cheese for a spiced kick.

Celebrate flavors of the coast for the secondo, a mahi-mahi filet, $16.50, topped with onions and string beans in a balsamic vinegar reduction and sweet cream sauce, served with a side of sautéed vegetables sprinkled with lime.

Do dolce with a slice of Tiramisu, $6, and let the Costa-Rican-coffee and ladyfingers melt into your mouth together with cream cheese and dusts of cocoa. To conclude, a shot of house-made chilled 'lime-cello' liqueur captures the essence of a true Italian meal.


An enchanting, dimly-lit dining space, without windows around the wooden perimeter; filled with vintage posters, multiple wine racks, and a collection of nautical knick-knacks.


Owner Roberto de Silvio is friendly and ardent, passionate about serving his guests with full-blown Italian hospitality and genuine recommendations.


Appetizer $10.50-$16; Entrée $14-$21; Pizza $10-$12; Bottled wine $40-145 Cash only


6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; daily

Closed Wednesdays during May, Jun. and Nov.

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