I was on my way to Papagayo and decided to take an hour-long detour and head to Playa del Coco to eat at Villa Italia. By far, this place has the best pasta I've had in CR! All pastas are homemade. The fettuccine with a porcini mushroom and truffle sauce just might've been the best pasta dish I've ever eaten--including multiple trips to Italy. One of their homemade pastas is strazzopreti. I'd never heard of it before but is apparently native to Tuscany. Delicious and al dente! The service was excellent as well. We were attended to by one the owners--the other was in the kitchen. They described their food as "nothing we've invented--these are all recipes that both of our mothers served us. This is what we ate in our homes growing up." If my mother cooked like this, I would've never left home! I highly recommend this place if anywhere remotely in the vicinity of Coco!
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