La Piazza Restaurant

Situated in the centre of town at the five-star Melia Cohiba, La Piazza is a traditional Italian restaurant that gets the classics spot on. In particular, it's gained a reputation for its sublime range of pizzas, so if you're craving a little slice of Italy while you're away in Havana be sure to book a table for consistently excellent establishment.

Situated on Meliá Cohíba’s second lobby floor, the décor of La Pizza isn’t exactly what you’d not expect from an Italian restaurant. The dining room is actually themed around Cuban baseball – one of the country’s major sporting passions. Instead of dried herbs and paintings of rustic Tuscan scenes hanging from the walls - baseball bats, team jerseys and photos of iconic Cuban players fill the room. But despite this locally-inspired décor, the cuisine on offer is unmistakably Italian.

There’s the option of an a la carte lunch or dinner menu, both of which offer a delicious choice of antipasti, pizzas and pastas. Staying true to the traditional Italian method, the pizzas are cooked using a thin crust, then baked in a wood-fired oven for a crispy, lightly-golden finish. The result is an authentic flavour that makes the most of fresh ingredients.

There are also two different sizes available - large and giant, so hearty appetites will most definitely be satisfied. In fact, the giant pizza is often more than enough for two.

If however, you can tear yourself away from the tantalizing range of pizzas (it’s tricky), there are plenty of tempting alternatives. The tender osso buco with risotto and succulent steak with peppercorn sauce are both excellent, while classic pasta dishes including the deeply-flavoured penne amatriciana is well worth trying. There’s also a good choice of wines from both Spain and Chile to choose from.

The service at La Piazza is incredibly efficient and dishes are served quickly by a friendly and attentive team of waiters. It’s hard to come by authentic Italian food in Cuba, so if you’re on the lookout for an alternative to the local cuisine La Piazza will unquestionably impress.

While the restaurant itself certainly has a relaxed and informal feel, you’ll need to adhere to the smart dress code required of guests at Meliá Cohíba. The prices are a little higher than you might end up paying for a meal in other areas of Havana, too. But make no mistake - the excellent service and sensational food makes the extra money you spend feel thoroughly justified.

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