Published on January 13th, 2010 | by Mark Chesnut
Italian-Colombian Flavor in Cartagena
Today yielded yet another good lunch in the historic center of Cartagena, Colombia. We headed to Plaza de Armas, a cozy restaurant and wine bar that specializes in local variations on Italian cuisine and seafood. The front area is a comfy lounge where wine is the name of the game, but we took a table in the back, where brick arches soar overhead.
I started with a tasty cream of tomato soup with shrimp, followed by langostinos Mediterraneos — large prawns exquisitely wrapped with bacon and sprinkled with chopped olives. Absolutely mouthwatering. I should have passed, but couldn’t resist trying the interesting-sounding house dessert that was beautifully presented: Garrapiñado, which is a chilled, sugary nougat made with condensed milk, almonds cookie bits and glazed caramel. I need to visit again on a weekend night, when a live band plays Cuban music on the patio.
Plaza de Armas, Calle de la Artillería No. 36-86, Centro, Cartagena, Colombia. Tel. (57 5) 6601889