Il Giardino – Italian Restaurant

The Only italian restaurant in the Osa Peninsula since 1999
Il Giardino -Italian Restaurant in Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Tel 506 2 735 51 29 Fax 506 2 735 56 48 -------------------------------------Best Seafood, Homemade Pastas, Pizza in Town

Restaurant, Trattoria and Pizzeria…Where the difference is?

September 3rd, 2010

In Italy, we have, historically, three main categories that define the kind of food you can find in a certain ” eating place” and, normally, the level of quality and care put in the food and its preparation.

In the old time , when everything was transported by Horse powered vehicles, the men that were ” driving” that carriages, were called Trattori : the person that haul stuff.

So along the main roads, and specially at  the crossing of the most important ones,  places that were serving simple, local food, appeared for to give to the tired men a place where to drink some glasses of fresh wine and eat an hot plate of a popular recipe.

Until today, the Trattorie maintain this characteristic, simple local recipes, often with specific local products, wines that are produced there around  and  popular prices.

This doesn’t means that in an Italian trattoria you will find a second class food, but that you, normally can’t expect to find elaborated recipes from the international  cuisine as you can, normally, expect to find in an Italian Restaurant, that is for definition a place where a comfortable and refined ambiance hosts a not too big number of tables, and where the chefs and the waiters will try to give you a culinary experience, normally not finalized to fill your belly, but more close to a ” culinary orgasm” as some of the customers of the Il Giardino Italian Restaurant, described their dining experience.


Interior of Il Giardino Italian Restaurant in Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula with-Boruca-Masks-and-cozy-atmosphere Costa-Rica,-Fine-Dining,-Italian-Recipes,-Tropical-Contaminations-2.jpg

The third calss of  ” eating places “, after the Restaurant and the Trattoria, is, and this is a recent acquisition in the  Italian Scenario, the Pizzeria, that, as the word can easily let imagine, is oriented in serving pizza.

Normally these places, after the pizza,  offer some dessert too and,  more rarely serve some simple, popular pasta plates, and of the three categories is the cheaper one, where young people, not yet addicted to more elevated tastes, go, for to have some food, and spend some time in group, in an informal place that allow comportment, not allowed in the other two main categories of ” eating  places”.

So, we, at Il Giardino, decided to offer some Pizza too, for to try to fill the fan of possibilities for customers, but, be sure that pizza is just one of the dozen of recipes, some of them absolutely exclusive of our place, that range from the Traditional Italian to the Japanese, from the Contamiation, as we call that ones that are the result of adaptation due to the influence of local products, to the Experimental ones, that are appearing, randomly, in our Menu.

But, please, even if we prepare the best and most elaborated Pizza in the Osa Penisula, never think to us as just a Pizzeria.


The last entry in the Menu of Il Giardino, Italian restaurant in Puerto Jimenez : the Marlin with Butter and Basil and Spicy Sauce

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