Papiamento started in downtown Oranjestad before relocating to this old cunucu ("countryside") house and former riding school, in the area where the founder's four children grew up. Family-run restaurants are known for having members in the kitchen or managing the house, but the roles extend even further for the Ellis family. Edward Ellis now crafts the culinary delights; his sister Annelotte is a pastry and appetizer chef who just so happens to have helped dig the pool and get the garden started. Poolside alfresco seating includes white tablecloths, and dining indoors is just as old-worldly and romantic as you'd expect in an Aruban home that's more than a century old. The dimly lit space is filled with antiques in a tasteful and uncluttered way, which is hard to do. The kitchen offers tastes of Europe, traditional favorites, and daily specials that feature a fusion of herbs and spices. The chef's favorite is flame-grilled tenderloin steak with Gorgonzola au gratin, which is also a favorite among diners. "Shrimp on the stone" shows off the spot's knack for getting seafood cooked just right with Caribbean shrimp in an herbal garlic sauce. The chicken Provençal incorporates a taste of France with herbes de Provence and fresh and sun-dried tomatoes topping grilled boneless chicken. And just when you thought the evening was perfect enough, a wine cellar crafted from imported cedar invites guests down to choose from 200 labels and 1,800 international vintages. This is a meal to linger over, so don't expect to rush out of here.