omgosh yes WHAT was the name of that italian restaurant? it was wonderful. when u say unpretentious, could it also mean kinda dumpy? if yes, then we are thinking of the same great italian place.
Imagine the reaction you'd get nowadays if you asked some "Where is Nassaustraat?" Aruban or visitor, you'd prbably get a polite, but decidedly blank stare.
We still enjoy walking along what used to be Nassaustraat.
One thing I don't miss! Back in the late '80's and early 90's every timeshare property being built in Aruba seemed to send their sales people to the Renaissance Marketplace (Of course it wasn't the Ren.Mktplc back then). Aalthough polite, they were quite agressive and there were just so many of them.
Sticking with the Ren. Mktplc, do you remember when an unpretentious but very good Italian restaurant was there. It was in the end-spot, now occupied by the Dutch Pancake House. We saw the Italian officers from a cargo ship eating there and figured if it's good enough for them, we'd enjoy it too. And we did!
Lots more memories to come!
I can't believe I didn't put in the name.
The restaurant was called Portobello. Unpretentious meaning yes, kind of dumpy with white plastic lawn furniture serving as the tables and chairs, both inside and out. We always sat inside.
Have a super weekend.
Remember when Tessa the Tiger was outside the Renaissance and you could go inside and have your picture taken with her! My husband has me on video. I had to go to the Waterfront Crab House to wash off the Tiger Smell on my hands!
Do you remember the Waterfront restaurant with their Maine Lobster and Crab specials? Great eats while listening to outdoor music.
Remember when there was a Patamingo on the Private Island?
Ahhhh! Very fond memories!!!
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Leaving Newark on Air Aruba, if the 7:30 a.m. flight wasn't filled you waited for the 9:30 a.m. Then arriving and walking across the tarmac. And one we still talk about --having too many Green Iguana's at the Allegro and sliding off the swim up bar stool before 1 p.m.
Remember when Senor Frogs was on the second floor of the building behind the Renaissance?