Italian restaurants have been flourishing in Costa Rica for decades. What a blessing to have so many Italian chefs having their way with this fertile country's bodacious bounty of agricultural assets. Nestled within the rainforest along the Caribbean coast beyond Puerto Viejo de Limon lies La Pecora Nera, a real hidden gem that stands out for its stellar Italian cuisine served in a most romantic open-air restaurant in the rainforest. On the water's edge there's Sobre las Olas, literally over the waves, where an Italian and Costa Rican couple have created a blissful little restaurant with seating right on the sand, a full bar, and especially noteworthy seafood specialties, like the mussels. in between on the main road in Puerto Viejo, Cafe Viejo is the collaboration of Italian brothers and a family whose Italian roots are reflected in the inspired recipes found on the menu. A cozy sunken bar offers a view of the main road and strong cocktails.On special occasions the restaurant stays open late, the tables are cleared to make way for a dance floor, and a DJ spinning Italian style beats takes the reins. A few meters away is Amimodo, a long-standing Italian family-style restaurant with excellent pizzas and traditional Italian specialties.