Dining at Gasparito provides the opportunity to soak up Aruban culture in all its forms. Local artwork lines the walls of the restaurant, which doubles as an art gallery, and some of it's for sale, too. The original cunucu ("country") style home includes an inside dining area, an outdoor patio with a fountain and a bar, and even an original 200-year-old hand-dug well. (The name Gasparito derives from the original landowner, Gaspar Ridderstap.) A visit here is almost as good as going to a museum. The kitchen is all about authentic Aruban fare, with a roster of family recipes at the ready, like the keshi yena seafood medley with melted Dutch cheese. Diners don't have to worry about crowds, as there are only three seating times and 20 guests per evening—talk about VIP treatment, minus the snobbery. This is the kind of place where diners don't feel rushed and the family mingles with the guests.
Gasparito Restaurant & Art Gallery
Our Rating Neighborhood Noord Hours Mon–Sat 6–9pm (seatings at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm) Phone 297/593-6245 Prices
Main courses $20–$36Cuisine Type ARUBAN Web site Gasparito Restaurant & Art Gallery