• Casa Italia

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Italian restaurant with a separate vegan menu that includes pastas, spinach rolls, aranchino, caponata, and chocolate cake with cashews. Open Mon 12:00pm-9:00pm, Wed-Sun 12:00pm-9:00pm. Closed Tue.

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7 Reviews

First Review by MatteoGrimaldi


Points +90

21 Aug 2023

One of the best pastas of my life

Very good service, very friendly and accommodating for vegans.
Five mains as vegan options in the daily menu, two or three other ones on the regular menu.
We had a pizza which was very good and we had a “Chris pasta” which was outstanding. Probably on of the best pasta dishes of my life. Absolutely recommended.
Good recommendations for wine as well. Usually there’s also vegan desert.

Pros: Attention to detail, Service , Taste



Points +147

03 Jun 2023

Perfect Italian detour on the road to Fortuna

This was a great find to break up the drive from Tamarindo to Fortuna. We could resist ordering and sharing multiple appetizers and entrees with all the vegan choices. Everything was very authentic Italian with fresh basil and homemade marinara.

Pros: Eggplant Parmesan , Pasta dishes, Vegan pizza

Cons: Patio could use some fans for air flow


Points +134

11 Jan 2022

The best Italian food for miles!

We live locally and are weekly visitors to Casa Italia. The food is incredible! Our favorites are the pizza (the best in Costa Rica, in my opinion), the Chris Pasta, and the parmigiana. Christian and Fernanda are committed to providing delicious, fresh vegan options that will not disappoint.

Don’t miss stopping at Casa Italia while in the Lake Arenal area! The best!

Pros: Many vegan options , Fresh ingredients , Quiet and beautiful location


Points +22

29 May 2021

Amazing food!

Beautiful place which we were lucky to find as it's a little hidden away. The owner is originally from Sicily, which was reflected by the delicious italian food. I had the vegan lasagna, and its probably the best I've ever had. And my boyfriend had the spinach rolls (not vegan) and said it was some of the best pasta he's ever had. Overall there's a good selection of different vegan options. And we really enjoyed chatting with the owner and seeing the kitchen and the wood oven. Highly recommended!

Pros: Vegan options, delicious, friendly service

Cons: None


Points +48

22 Apr 2021

so impressed

Not only was there a full vegan menu but the owner, chris came to our table and explained all the things on the menu. He was so kind and accommodating he made me a specialized plate combining a few things from the menu. The best Italian food I’ve ever had too!


Points +216

08 Mar 2021

Lovely and Unexpected

Though we were hungry, we were not excited to eat Italian, but let me tell you: this place serves up some tasty food.

There were four meals available on the vegan menu (a chalkboard): eggplant parmigiana, pizza, polenta, and pasta. (An asparagus ravioli sounded yummy but was out.) We ordered the pizza and the parmigiana.

The parmigiana, which had a kind of tofu ricotta, was freshly baked and had a delicious red sauce. There was far more oil than I'd usually use or want in a dish, but the yumminess could not be denied. This dish came with (I believe) homemade kalamata-rosemary bread.

The pizza's crust was perfect, and it did not become soggy, as sometimes happens when only marinara and vegetables are on a pizza. I think this was because it was cooked in a wood-fired oven. One of the veggies was broccolini, which worked very well on the pizza.

For drinks, we had the pineapple and basil juice, which was blended up and frothy. This was so good that I ordered a second one.

The main worker (the owner) was especially friendly and helpful. We met the cook briefly, too, and she was glad we liked our meals so much.

The environment was lovely and unexpected.

It was rather spendy—maybe $35-$40. Worth it.

Updated from previous review on 2021-03-08


Points +18

29 Feb 2020

Ottima cucina

Eccellente cucina, con molte opzioni per i vegani: antipasti, primi piatti, pizza e dolci. Noi abbiamo optato per assaggiare tutte le specialità vegane ed è stata una buona idea. Abbiamo assaggiato la parmigiana di melanzane e tofu, l’arancino con caponata, l’arrotolato di pasta ripieno è una pizza straordinaria. come dolce una mousse di cioccolato e avocado. Tutto molto buono e prezzi ragionevoli. 100% raccomandato.

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