“This pizza place was something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” Allan says. He had a plan to offer wood fired pizza, something from a little cantina or sidewalk café. He liked the connection it let people have with their meal, “watching the whole process, and being part of it,” he explains. He met someone originally from Italy who he thought could help and once again his instincts weren’t wrong “He turned out to be very talented and a graduate form the Culinary Institute, actually a chef.” That only left the small task of building his wood fired oven to make the pizzas a reality. “A lady came from Alaska that knew how to make ovens. So we just decided to make ovens.” It sounds so matter of fact, but it led to what locals agree is the best pizza in town.
Allan’s pizza has Isabel Vargas’ enthusiastic vote, “Best in the area for sure!”
“Marvelous wood fired taste.” says Peter Zobrist, a retiree transplanted from Washington. “Plus you must look at the floor in this place, a great mosaic of creatures both real and imagined.”
Peter’s wife Louise agrees, “Love the crispy wood fired crust! Great selection of fresh toppings (even anchovies). Service is always friendly - thanks César - and super fast, especially if you get there early.” They start serving pizza at 5PM.
“Are you kidding?” says Lorraine Champagne. “Love Allan’s pizza... and his personal attention each time I walk in the door. Nice people get love from locals... always.”
Joni Duncan says “Awesome! Choose your fresh ingredients Veggie with bacon is the best!”
Keep in mind pizza is served only after 5 P.M. There’s a different lunch menu offering hot dogs, wraps and burgers.
The pizzas are so popular that Allan is a little apologetic “Sometimes people are waiting too long for their pizza. Sometimes we’re packed — too packed.” He is working on a solution that will ensure more people can get the same great food, more efficiently. “I think that we are trying very hard to improve our pizza.” Allan says “We just built a bigger oven. We’re trying to get the oven to be as hot as our small oven and we are trying to be able to do eight pizzas simultaneously instead of just four.”
The popularity hasn’t gone to his head though. “Hopefully we can live up to the award,” he says, “We’ll see if we are worthy of it.”
Daily 11:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Pizza served after 5:00 PM. Takes reservations only for groups larger than 10.
2777-0584 and 4003-1543
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On the road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park next to La Cantina.