Category Archives: David Restaurants

Verona Pizza Update

We seem to eat at Verona Pizza every week. Yesterday, I had the pleasure to accompany three lovely ladies to Verona for lunch.

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I noticed a couple of things that I thought were worth mentioning.

Since my first post, Franco has slowly, but continuously made changes to his restaurant. With each change, the restaurant has improved.

He has added seating, curtains, items to the menu. It is easy to see that he reinvests in his restaurant and takes pride in what he does. You can’t help but appreciate his efforts.

Yesterday I noticed he has added take-home Italian bread. We took a loaf home. Another nice touch! Lilliam turned it in to wonderful sandwiches. Perfect! The bread was so good I will probably stop in a couple times a week to get a loaf.

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We topped off our meal yesterday with some Italian desserts. I had rum and raisin ice-cream. Natalie chose Ferro Rocher chocolate ice-cream. Both were great!

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If you haven’t been to Veronas lately, you might want to stop in and see all the changes. It is still the best thin crust pizza in David. Only now there are several other things that may capture your fancy.

100% Mexicano Revisited

It has been a while since I posted eating at 100% Mexicano. Thursday, Natalie and I stopped in for lunch.

Natalie had a Chili Relleano. She said it was very good. It came with rice, a couple tortillas, and a cup of refried beans. The beans are more runny than the TexMex refried beans I am used to, but they are very tasty.

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I had chilaquilas with a side of refried beans. They hit the spot.

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Then Natalie and I shared a dessert called impossible cake. Again, it was tasty and the perfect ending to an enjoyable meal.

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If you stop in, tell them you read about them on Chiriquí Chatter. Here is a Google Map.

La Parrilla de la Estancia – David

After making our weekly run to Hogar Santa Catalina, Natalie and I were starved. I remembered a sandwich shop I hadn’t been to in a long time in Plaza Real. The sandwich shop was gone and in its place was La Parrilla de la Estancia.

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If you have visited any of the food courts in the Panama City Malls, you may have eaten at this restaurant. It specializes in grilled meats. Chicken, pork, beef and they also had a fish fillet.

I had pork chops and Natalie had the fish. We both enjoyed our meals and the quality was very good and the prices were very reasonable.

If you stop in, tell them you heard about them on Chiriquí Chatter.

El Pecado Del Sabor

Recently I received a comment in French, describing a new restaurant in David called El Pecado Del Sabor (The taste of sin). Last week, I decided to try to find it and was successful.

I had hoped it might be another possible Sunday lunch option. Unfortunately it is only open Monday through Saturday from 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM. Maybe when Lilliam returns, we will try it out.

I cropped one of the photos that may give a hint of the origin of the name of the restaurant and the type of food. I thought this took a lot of thought. you will see the background shows Adam and Eve in the garden of Edan and Eve is reaching for the apple.

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You will also notice peppers and olives lend a devilish tone to the photo. If the food is as good as the thought that went into the photo, we will be in for a treat.

Since it will be a while before I get to check it out, you may beat me there. Feel free to leave a comment and tell us how it is.

It is at the intersection of 4th oeste and Calle K norte (not far from the David Ballpark). I got there by turning right on the forth corner after crossing the new InterAmerican Hwy bridge.

You can see there is a large outdoor eating area and I assume inside area as well, but until I go, I can’t be sure.

If you stop in, tell them you heard of them from Chiriquí Chatter.

SmokiN Mamma’s Revisited

It has been about 10 months since I last visited. SmokiN Mamma’s. I had been so disappointed in the pulled pork on my last visit that I hadn’t returned.

Well yesterday I wanted a burger for lunch and Natalie and I made SmokiN Mammas’s out burger stop for the day.

A pleasant surprise was seeing Paula, who I had first met at Verona Pizza. She was always very attentive there and one of the things that SmokiN Mamma’s needed was a good person attending the client’s.

Natalie and I ordered burgers and Onion Bites. I am happy to say both were very good. The burger was still $7.00.

If you stop in, say hi to Paula and tell her that read about her on Chiriqui Chatter.

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Fun with Friends

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Michael, Ellena, Patrick, Roxie

For the last several years, Lilliam and I have had an annual get together with a Chiriquí Chatter couple and their children who come to Panama to check up on their farm close to Santa Marta.

I forget where they came from the first time we met, but I remember in 2011 that they had just escaped from Libya. That was quite a story.

Currently they are in Scotland, where Michael is working as an engineer. He is planning his next move and one of the places he is considering is Qatar, where I seem to remember he had worked before. He said the temperatures can get up to 150 in the daytime there.

I am happy to be in cool David.

On this get together we went to Mar Caribe in Pedregal. It had been a long time since Lilliam and I had eaten there. Our food was good and reasonably priced. We all had more than we could consume. The place was packed when we had finished eating.

I have committed to a BBQ at our house in David for next year’s visit.

Photos of our food:

La Italiana Ice-Cream in David

IMG_0094I am sure you have seen the street venders in David or Boquete pushing their push carts down neighborhoods selling ice-cream. Normally they are selling treats on a stick.

You may not be aware that next to El. Campion in downtown David, there is a La Italiana ice-cream store. While you can get ice cream on a stick you can also get cups and cones of ice-cream.

I tried it and it was very good and the price was better than any other ice-ream location in David. If I remember correct it was about $1.50 for a large cone.

If you stop in, tell them you heard about them on Chiriquí Chatter.

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Cuatro’s Mother’s Day Menu

Menú del día de la madre / Mother’s day menú

Queso blanco asado al culantro con pan de maíz

Grilled local white cheese in coriander oil served with cornbread B/. 7

Rollos fritos de pollo y frijoles negros con emulsión de ají criollo

Chicken and black bean spring rolls with sweet pepper emulsion B/. 8

Croquetas de pulpo y yuca con mayonesa picante de ají chombo

Octopus and cassava croquettes with spicy habanero chili mayonnaise B/. 8

Ensalada de lechugas mixtas con aderezo de cebolla dulce, pepitas de marañón y aceite de coco orgánico
Mixed lettuces salad with sweet onion dressing, cashews and organic coconut oil B/. 7

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Filete de res al café con puré de zapallo asado a la naranja, tocino glaceado
y reducción de vinagre balsámico
Coffee rubbed beef tenderloin with roasted squash puree, orange, braised bacon and balsamic vinegar reduction
B/. 20

Chuleta de cerdo a la parrilla con puré de papas al aceite de oliva extra virgen y salsa de miel de caña
Grilled pork chop with extra virgin olive oil mashed potatoes and sugar cane syrup glaze B/. 18

Risotto de langostinos y maíz nuevo con aioli de cilantro

Prawn and fresh corn risotto with cilantro aioli B/. 22

Gnocchi de otoe con hongos, tomates cherry, aceite de trufas y queso Grana Padano

Taro root gnocchi with cherry tomatoes, truffle oil and Grana Padano cheese B/. 16

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Postres a la carta / Desserts a la carte