If you’re searching for authentic Italian food in Pereira, there are two excellent choices.
Vinería San Martino
For delicious food paired with Italian wine, look no further than Vinería San Martino. This cozy little place near Parque La Rebeca opened in January 2016. It features a small menu that packs a big punch and a friendly Italian owner who’s happy to explain every dish and wine on offer.
We had a hard time deciding what to order for dinner off a menu that has about 12 pizzas, four pastas, a few types of bruschetta, and other appetizers. After serious thinking, we decided to start with a delicious octopus carpaccio, a succulent stuffed mushroom, and a tasty cheese sampler. The cheese sampler came with five different types of cheese, bruschetta, and some olives.
For our main dish, we shared a fettuccine with bits of crab and calamari and a touch of spice. We each had a glass of Venetian merlot and a chianti, both of which complemented the meal perfectly.
To finish, we were hoping for the panna cotta but they were all out. Instead, we had strawberries with lemon and sugar, which was an excellent replacement.
Our total bill including the four glasses of wine came out to COP$106,000.
Vinería San Martino is open daily for dinner.
Another good place to try is La Trattoría, which serves some of the best pasta I’ve had outside of Italy. The pizza and other dishes are ok but not nearly as good as the pasta. Everything is reasonably priced, but the servers seemed to be a bit edgy at times and we had to ask more than once for our drinks.