Calle 25 and Avenue 1, San José, Costa Rica
LimoncelloLimoncello was one of the first restaurants to open in its neighborhood, where Barrio La California and Barrio Escalante meet. It’s housed in what was once the residence of former president Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia, so the atmosphere is auspicious. The menu offers Italian haute cuisine like insalata di pere e noci (a salad with pears and walnuts dressed in balsamic vinegar), or the corvina limoncello, fish served in a shrimp and mushroom sauce. Of particular note, the formaggio fritto al frutti di bosco (cheese fritters with a sauce made of local berries) takes inspiration from Italian repertoire but adds the zing of Costa Rican red fruits for something completely different. Limoncello is also one of a few San José restaurants that offers gluten-free options upon request.