Cerutti, San Rafael de Escazú, San José + Central Valley
Tel: 506 2228 4511
Concierge.com's insider take:
When the residents of Escazú, a ritzy San José suburb, are hungry for Italian food, they go to Cerutti. The restaurant is set inside a 19th-century adobe mansion that's been restored and dressed up with contemporary decor yet retains some original features, such as a well-worn terra-cotta floor. Attentive owners Nicola and Mariarosa Papangelo prepare porcini mushroom soup served in a whole-wheat bread bowl and divine gnocchi.—Christopher P. Baker
Open Mondays through Saturdays noon to 2:30 pm and 6:30 to 11 pm.