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St. Maarten's Best Italian Restaurants

(Updated Jun 11, 2018)
The single most common type of restaurant on St. Maarten is Italian, which are everywhere. Often they're owned and operated by native Italians, giving you individual interpretations of many traditional family recipes. What follows are a few of our favorites, in no special order — very different restaurants but all Italian:

Spiga: Now also described as Cafe Spiga, this fine-dining restaurant has been around for years and is under the very able ownership/management of chef Ciro Russo and Lara Russo, whose dad is Livio Bergamasco of the former Da Livio Restaurant in Philipsburg. Spiga has a huge menu and enough variety to suit every taste, from the devout carnivore to devout vegetarian and fishmongers. Ambience, service, creativity, and taste are all top rate; highly recommended.

IZI Ristorante Italiano: In Simpson Bay opposite Pineapple Pete, IZI is a legend operated by the island's most beloved fanatical perfectionist, Davide Foini. The recipes are all his; he overseas everything including the source of all raw materials, sourced internationally; and he makes sure that his standards are met every night. The restaurant serves some of the best food on the island using those unique recipes. The atmosphere is upbeat, bright, and cheery, and the food is quite outstanding. It's also a great place for special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries. His menu was new in 2017: make sure you try one of everything during your next trip. If you're not here long enough to do that, stay longer.

L'Isola Restaurant next to Hollywood Casino at Simpson Bay Resort, which just completed extensive renovations making it quieter (enclosed; no street noise) and much nicer inside, also underwent top-to-bottom changes to its menu and staff thanks to its new General Manager, Marco Ferrante, who has been involved in top SXM restaurants for about 20 years. Beautiful ambiance, great foot, excellent service. When you visit tell Marco we suggested his place.

Daniel's by the Sea: Formerly located on Dawn beach in gazebos under palm trees, Daniel's was totally ruined by the 18' storm surge of hurricane Irma in September, 2017. The property is for sale.

Trattoria Pizza Pasta: one of SXM's oldest restaurants, Pizza Pasta was founded more than 20 years ago by Ilde and Dario Figarolo and was subsequently operated by their daughter Selena. It was obliterated by hurricane Irma and will not reopen.


Tags: Daniel's by the Sea, IZI Ristorante Italiano, Pizza Pasta Trattoria Italiana, Spiga, St. Maarten Italian Restaurants

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