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Rocafuerte y 16 de Diciembre, Banos, Ecuador
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413 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved this place I took my food to go because I was tired after touring all day and the guy at the bar was so nice and talkative and accommodating I really enjoyed talking to him. The food was awesome and he gave me a free hot chocolate because I told him I love chocolate.

Thank Tl D
Lelystad, Flevoland, Netherlands
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587 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We had garlic bread as a starter, a bottle of red wine that was a bit sweet, but I 'm afraid that's what the Ecuadorians like. The mains we're shrimps with garlic and a Beef de Lomo Planche (grilled) both we're good. Good double espresso as a dessert. Friendly service and good WiFi. Fair prices.

Thank IvoDeRooij
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

We were so lucky to find this restaurant. Me and my mom ordered Pizza and was very delicious. The staff is so friendly and affordable prices. Go there!

Thank Sarah F
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2014

Although it is a really nice establishment with a great atmosphere, the food was quite average in my opinion. The pizza hardly had any sauce, and the pasta was bland and not very creamy for an alfredo. I bought some pizza from a take away stand the week before, and it was half the price and much better. It was... More 

Thank 514Jake
Stephenville, Texas
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162 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2013

Jose Luis and Lorena are not only like second family to me but turn out authentic Italian cuisine. He was trained by Italians in Germany and so he knows what he is about. Karla, the oldest daughter lends a hand in the kitchen as does Maria Jose the middle child while Domenica, the youngest keeps everyone smiling.

Thank bobinman1
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
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287 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2013

The pizza was definitely above average, especially for Ecuador. The family that owns it seems really nice. The place is clean, which of course is not always the case here, they don't blare music like a lot of Banos restaurants. Prices are very fair. Also, even though it's open air, looking out onto the street, it,s relatively quiet. If I... More 

Thank kevin_from_AKandCO
Stephenville, Texas
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162 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2013

Jose and his wife Lorena are very nice folks. The pizza is better than average and a glass of wine for $3 is filled to the brim. The only downside is when Jose isn't there the young people left in charge hang out in the front of the dining room and the kissing and petting gets pretty heavy. Love the... More 

Thank bobinman1
London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2013

We went to Piccola Italia last week, on a recommendation from an Ecuadorian friend from Quito. The food was delicious. It's a cosy little place, and as is common in Banos, family run. Prices are reasonable. I still think El Papagallo has the best Italian food in Banos, but Piccola Italia is worth a try.

Thank dolly-2010
Wichita, Kansas
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386 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2013

Restaurant is very simple but has great selection of Italian pastas. Waiter was very courteous and knowledgeable about all dishes on the menu. Prices are very reasonable.

Thank NayiU
Auckland, New Zealand
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30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2012

I went here with my wife, we came here just before 8pm on a Thursday night, and were the only ones here, so the atmosphere was a little lacking! The food was really good though- the lasagna especially ($5.50). They cooked it differently to what I previously had known lasagna to be- two layers of lasagna, then all the meat... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$12
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rocafuerte y 16 de Diciembre, Banos, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Tungurahua Province  >  Banos
  • Phone Number: 095023633

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?