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Overlooking the Chavón River and boasting the best views of the Saint Stanislaus Church in Altos de Chavón, in under a year Café Marietta has become the must-visit dining spot for those looking for casual and well crafted Italian dishes that hit the comfort food spot. Self-identified as a Tratto Pub, Marietta is faithful to the concept of trattoria – a casual, mid-priced restaurant which focuses on atmosphere nearly as much as food. Because cocktails, beers and wine are always flowing freely, this pub has quickly become a favorite amongst the locals.

During any given night you can find groups of Casa de Campo residents and visitors sharing appetizers over cocktails and cigars while enjoying the incomparable breeze felt throughout the year at the open air terrace. For those wanting a hearty meal, the salads, homemade pasta, signature dishes, burgers and brick oven pizzas pair perfectly with a bottle of wine for the table.

The diverse menu composed of simple, yet high quality ingredients, offers something for every palate. The following selection of Cafe Marietta dishes will surely inspire a visit to try them out yourself.

Fritto Misto

The perfect appetizer to please a crowd, the Fritto Misto’s very thinly sliced vegetables and fresh seafood make this dish a restaurant favorite. The light batter contributes the crunch factor and the homemade tartar sauce makes dipping the most important part of the sharing ritual.

Mozzarella in Carrozza

Mozzarella gets to this banquet on board her round carriage at Café Marietta’s interpretation of the epitome of Italian comfort food. A creamy mozzarella ball covered in a thin layer of prosciutto and light batter sits on top of pesto and tomato sauces served with artisan focaccia wedges.

Wedge Caesar Salad

Trattoria food calls for simplicity without sacrificing quality ingredients. This wedge caesar salad is presented as an untouched heart of romaine lettuce drizzled with all the ingredients that make a caesar salad special – bacon, parmesan, croutons and creamy dressing.

Tratto Burger

A thick beef burger is garnished with bacon, arugula, caramelized onions and mushrooms. The creamy stroganoff sauce that is slathered on top make this juicy burger one of the most ordered dishes at Marietta – the perfect combination of flavors and textures in one bite.

Goat Cheese Panzerotti

In the home-made pasta department, these half-moon shaped pasta filled with goat cheese and accompanied by a demi-glazed sauce, prosciutto and fresh cherry tomatoes, take the prize. A combination of earthy and flavorful ingredients make this pasta topped with fresh parmesan cheese a dish you will not find elsewhere.

Green Pepper Tenderloin

A thick cut of beef tenderloin cooked to perfection is served on a bed of roasted rosemary potatoes to tempt those looking to satisfy their meat and potatoes craving. The creamy green peppercorn sauce is a great addition to an already exceptional pair.

Veggie Pizza

Artisan pizza cooked in a brick oven and served piping hot to your table is the ultimate comfort food. At Café Marietta, the pizza dough is the most important ingredient followed by a generous serving of chunky and fresh ingredients. The veggie pizza, topped with pomodoro, mozzarella, eggplant, tomato, zucchini, onions and mushroom is as healthy as a pizza can get.

Café Marietta

Where: Altos de Chavón, La Romana

Hours: 12 pm– 1 am (open for lunch and dinner)

Tel: (809) 951-1550

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cafemarietta

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cafemarietta/

Photography by Lauren Llenas.