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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Pizza Night!

About once a month, I get the urge for pizza so I put the call out to friends after deciding on a day and time. It's casual - no pressure to go - and please bring friends, the more the merrier.

Last night, about 14 of our friends showed up at Ristorante Pizzeria Alida, on highway 3 (the road to Orotina and Puntarenas). They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 am to 10:00 pm and closed on Monday and Tuesday. Their telephone number is 2446-4060.

Directions: 700 meters west and 50 meters north of the Coopeatenas gas station on highway 3 (our only gas station). Solution: take a taxi there if you are unfamiliar with the area. Otherwise, there is plenty of parking around the restaurant.

When Alida's is open, you will see a table outside of the gate with a tablecloth and wine bottles on it. If they are not there, the restaurant is not open.

This restaurant is run by partners Alida and Nicolas. The pizzas (thin crust) are baked in a wood fired oven. Alida is the chef and Nicolas runs the front of the house. They have no trouble with a large group suddenly showing up. Nicolas and an assistant effortlessly grouped together several tables to make one large one for us, orders were taken quickly and dinner was served in a timely manner.

As is usual in Costa Rica, this restaurant is open air ... a roof of course but not enclosed on all sides. There is nothing better then enjoying a good meal with the tropical breezes blowing in, especially when it is dark and the skies are giving us a light show with sheet lightning.

Total cost of our meal for two: 17,000 colones (about $34 CAD). We ordered the Dellacasa pizza and half a liter of white wine. The final total includes taxes and tip. We had enough pizza left over for snacks the next day. Pizza is not the only thing on the menu. There are pastas too, but I have not tried them so far. The pizzas keep calling me! We have never been disappointed eating at Alida's.

This restaurant was awarded a 2013 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor. And now for the photos:

From The Menu .. we ordered the Dellacasa pizza.
The DellaCasa ... so good.



Unknown said...

If the pizza was 8,000 are you saying the wine was 9,000 to get to the 17,000 total ??

Diana Miskell said...

The final total of 17,000 colones includes the 13% value added tax ("i.v.i.") and the 10% service charge for a total of about 3,900 colones. The wine was 5,000 colones. The value added tax is on all goods and services, including restaurant meals. You don't have to leave a tip, because that is what the service charge really is. We usually leave a small tip when we are happy with the service, food, etc.

Yeison said...

Thanks Diana, I am going to Atenas next week I will check this pizza ...

Pura vida

Diana Miskell said...

Enjoy and tell us about your experience.