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    Nothing fresh on the island

    We Americans are very lucky to have fresh fruits, vegetables and meats any day of the week. If you're looking for quality Italian food in Aruba you will be dissapointed. Everything is imported so figure it's a day or two from being fresh. We go for the great weather/beaches. Not the food.
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    Do you mean locally grown? Tons of fresh produce imported and readily available in the stores.

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    One of the many reasons we love to go in the winter is the freshness of the food on the island. The quality of the meats and veggies is fantastic!

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    If you visit stores (kong Fui) you will find locally grown produce. There are tomatoes that are grown on island....labelled as Aruba grown. They are small and sweet. There are also other products. It is a little incorrect to say that nothing is grown there. Also a farming venture using hydroponics is active.

    There is also the brewing of Balashi beer, making of the liquer "Ponche Crema" and a limited amount fof Sea grape wine produced.There are the bakeries that turn out different varieties of bread and cakes. If you visit the south end of the island you may observe there are some roaming cattle. In the past, there was a meat packing operation on the east side of the island.

    I think one needs to consider that for such a small land mass with an approximate population of 100,000 who host over 1.5 million tourists a year, the importation of food is heavily driven by the tourist trade.

    Just thoughts arising in my mind from your post
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    Sole Mare would be my choice for the best Italian on the island... althought "the best on the island" is an average to below average Italian restaurant on my scale at least of the few Italian restaurants on the Island we have tried. On most trips - unless we have a pasta craving, we skip the Italian with the exception of Casa Tua pizza.
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    Just got back from a week in paradise and we went to Sole Mare, Azzurro and Hostaria Da Vittorio (hey I'm Italian, gotta get Italian food! ) and all 3 were excellent! I had never eaten at Hostaria Da Vittorio before but had been to Sole Mare and Azzurro before. Had a great meal at Hostaria Da Vittorio. Sole Mare was very good as well

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    I'm hearing a lot about
    The restaurant Anna Maria. Will try it in feb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom and Stanley View Post
    It's not elegant (no fancy table cloth), it's not in the best location (no water views), parking is not great (need to park a block or two away), but the food is terrific, the owners are very pleasant, and the price is very reasonable. The place is "Pizza and More". The owners moved here 3 years ago from northern Italy and everything is fresh and home made. You if have not tried it, you are missing the a terrific little place. . . .

    Tom and Stanley (the Aruba Guys)
    Where is Pizza and More located?

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    I'd like to know where Pizza and More is. We did try to find it though we weren't really sure where it was. Can someone explain it? Please try to explain it like you're talking to an "idiot" because we are bad on directions, lol....so don't think you're insulting us...take us from right around Iguana Joe's downtown (unless we were way way off)....lol

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    from another posting by AQUAMAN

    Here is some info a few folks have PMd and asked for. Pizza and More is relatively new. Here is the phone number: 588 2333.

    It is open Mon through Saturday and is ONLY open until 8:00pm

    It is located behind the Renaisance Mall on Bettico Croes where the new tram tracks are being laid. Turn right and walk along by the tracks for about 800yards or so. The Pizzeria is located across the street. It is near where there is a passing area of the tram tracks ( you will see a short piece of track that has 2 sets of rails). If you reach here then you at at the Pizzeria.

    For those who asked, here is a sampple from the menu:

    Pizzas: Margherita, Diavola, Prosciutto, Salsiccia( Italian Sausage), Pollo, Vegetariana, Hawiana, Proscitto e Funghi, Tonno e Cipolla, Suprema, Carnivora

    Pasta: Bolognese, Carbonera, Alfredo, 4-Formaggio, Amtriciana, Puttanesca, Marinara, Ai Gamberi

    Lasagne: Meat, Creamy Spinach, Mushroom Sauce, Seafood, Chicken, Lasagne Salisiccia e Funghi

    Soups: Onion with cheese ctoutons, Minestrone, Cream of Broccoli, Seafood, Creamy spinach, Tomato w Mediterranean Herbs, Cream of Corn, Carrot Chowder, Mediterreranean lentils, Cream of Fresh Mushroom.

    Salads: Greek, Caprese, Tuna, Egg and Potato Salad, Caesar, Mediterranean

    And more

    I hope this answers folks questions


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    Quote Originally Posted by gaby View Post
    I'd like to know where Pizza and More is. We did try to find it though we weren't really sure where it was. Can someone explain it? Please try to explain it like you're talking to an "idiot" because we are bad on directions, lol....so don't think you're insulting us...take us from right around Iguana Joe's downtown (unless we were way way off)....lol

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