Owned by the same family as Rolandi’s downtown, but under different mangement, this more upscale waterfront restaurant bases its menu on Swiss-Italian cuisine, with forays into other international dishes. It excels at employing local seasonal ingredients in such dishes as jumbo shrimp baked in banana leaves with a Maya-style achiote sauce, while customer demand keeps stalwarts like osso bucco with MIlanese risotto and rack of lamb on the menu. Items that can be afterthoughts, such as puff bread from a wood-fired oven and a salad and antipasto bar, contribute to making every meal a special occasion. While the main dining room on the top floor (street level) of the two-story building provides lovely views of the lagoon, try for an seat on the al fresco terrace, right on the water, for a romantic sunset dinner. The Terrace Lounge on the large outdoor deck is a prime spot for a drink when it isn’t being used for special events.
- Christine Delsol