While in San Juan, Puerto Rico last week for a quick visit, we hoped to find great food.
We had a dinner reservation at one of San Juan’s highest-rated restaurants. But when our waiter at another restaurant, and our food tour guides both independently recommended that we try a new Italian restaurant in the away-from-the-tourists Santurce District of San Juan, we took notice.
We canceled our reservation, and instead dined at the new Nonna Cucina Italiana. It was a great reminder to listen to the locals.
“Eat, that makes you well!” is its slogan.
The wine was a malbec blend from Argentina — 2007 Las Perdices Reserva Don Juan — and after the first taste we knew it would be a great meal.
We had a difficult time narrowing down our selections from the menu, resulting in us ordering too much food. The portions are large but sharing is encouraged at Nonna.
We started with two appetizers. The vegetables included 4 dishes of antipasti: Caponata Siciliana (Sweet and Sour Eggplant) and Funghi trifolati (mushrooms) Peperonata (stewed peppers) and Cannellini beans (garbanzos). The polpette — pork and veal meatballs — with mozzarella in Marsala sauce over mashed potatoes (or was it polenta?) Regardless, they were delicious.
Trying to control ourselves, we did not order the fresh mozzarella “fior di latte” with tomato marmalade, hazelnuts and fried rosemary, which we hear is delicious.
The risotto con champagne contains peas, capers, fresh herbs and champagne with a significant amount of lobster. Despite the fact that Mr. Jones hates peas, he ate every bite (except those that I stole) of this creamy deliciousness stuffed with large chunks of lobster.
What’s your favorite restaurant in San Juan? Please share in comments below.
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