We used to love coming to this spot years ago, it was a modest little soda with amazing Caribbean chicken, rice and beans. It closed down and yet every time I drove by, i would glance in hoping against hope it was still serving deliciousness.
Well, let me tell you, the charm and good vibes of this little spot remain, and the new owners Barbara and Canzio have developed a diverse menu which honors local traditions and products while celebrating their own Italian heritage with a fusion of flavors, methods and presentation.
The night we (finally) went, Vanessa, the previous restauranteur and landlord, was there having drinks with other friends from the neighborhood, it was a delightful evening of reminiscing, shared values, and laughter. I'm reminded of the unique spot on the globe we occupy here and how so many who choose this place to raise a family, run a business or just relax bring such potential to impact both positively and negatively. It is the former that Bamboocha strives for. With their super fresh products locally sourced, they are supporting local fishermen and farmers. They've refurbished an existing location instead of cutting the jungle or creating more waste. In fact, the small little tree I remember from years ago, is now a gorgeous specimen that decorates the dining area in natural shapes and textures.
Oh, and the food. I ordered a basic bolognese pasta as soon as i heard the Italian accent, it's my go to when I'm in the company of those who make it the authentic way. I was not disappointed! A side of garlic bread, perfectly salty and full of fresh garlic, allowed me to slurp up every drop of the perfect sauce. Hubs had the shrimps (more yum) with the much discussed local veg--malanga, yucca, achiote, etc. I love 'em, even fried, they are crispy and salty-sweet.
It's going to be the new "must go" we recommend to all our house guests.
Thanks Barbara, Canzio for a delicious new option. Thanks Vanessa, for assuring the memories keep on growing.
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