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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkNews from Around Banderas Bay | September 2007 

Authentic Italian in Puerto Vallarta
email this pageprint this pageemail usGary R. Beck - PVNN

Enjoy the authentic and exclusive flavors of Italy at Ristorante Alfredo di Roma, located in the InterContinental Presidente Hotel on the south shores of Puerto Vallarta.
A short journey down the southern coastline of Puerto Vallarta to the InterContinental Presidente Hotel is always a thrill. The cliffs drop to the churning blue Pacific and the homes are beautiful even from quick glimpses.

Upon arrival, the inviting entranceway takes you right into a setting of ambiance and then a long Italian style series of rooms with soft walls and bold columns. It is here that you will find authentic Italian cuisine in a restaurant born in Italy: Alfredo di Roma [formerly Da Antonio.]

Adding to the pleasure of the authentic and exclusive flavors of Italy, the restaurant also boasts attentive service, live piano music and breathtaking views of Banderas Bay. In the center of the restaurant is a baby grand piano where Mario Alberto Montejano softly plays tunes from the 50's and 60's, and the west wall is solid windows for the best view of a sunset over Los Arcos.

In short, Alfredo di Roma has all of the ingredients to keep lovers of Italian cuisine coming back again and again. On a repeat visit, Parmesan Cheese Custard with Balsamic Vinegar was a pleasant starter. Tuscan Salad consisted of tomato, onion, basil, cucumber and sour bread - a classic.

We sampled chef Christian Testa's fresh pasta, a specialty, exemplified by the oversized raviolis stuffed with pumpkin and served in a butter sauce with fresh sage sprigs.

We also enjoyed the fresh pasta stuffed with either beef stew or ricotta cheese and spinach in a walnut sauce. His pastas are light and airy thus melting in your mouth with perfect texture. Flavors are subtle, a mark of fine Northern Italian cuisine.

Desserts were tempting, so we shared lemony Banana Tempura, slightly sweet Ricotta Tart with caramelized fruit and an unusual Coffee Mousse. All agreed the setting is tremendous, the service attentive without being obtrusive and the food a sheer Italian delight.

Located inside the Presidente Intercontinental Hotel at Carr. 200 Sur Km 8.5 on the south shores of Puerto Vallarta, this hidden treasure is a short side trip with a pleasant destination. for more information or reservations, call (322) 228-0191.
After 20 years in the San Francisco restaurant business, Gary R. Beck turned his attentions to cooking, dining out, creating recipes and exploring Puerto Vallarta's rich array of eateries. Famous for his restaurant guide, available online at or, Gary also writes restaurant reviews for Puerto Vallarta newspapers, Bay Area magazines, and now, a feature column for Contact Gary at

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