Restaurant of The Week

Better hurry, it will shut down soon
BY: DAVID FLORES

My wife and I are considered foodies, as we are an adventurous couple who are never afraid to go try new eateries. We do that at least twice a month, both to get away from our two teenage boys and to satisfy our cravings.

Nina, my wife, is not a vegetarian but prefers to stay away from carbs. Me, on the contrary, need carbs to try and gain some weight. Tough task, if you’ve met me in person. II am “tall and weigh only 140 lbs." As I tell everyone who asks, when I arrived in Cabo 30 years ago I weighed 120 lbs and wore 28” slacks. Not much has changed since.”

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Anyway, I digress. This past week I chose Il Forno, an Italian restaurant that I have read a lot about. The restaurant has very good reviews on Facebook, most of them from people I know. I guessed there was not much to risk.

I called to make a reservation and owner Luiggi Cavanna himself answered the phone. I asked for a table for two for Saturday evening at 7 p.m. He was polite and happy to confirm. I guess this time of the year, a couple patrons are welcome everywhere as this month is the slowest business month for Los Cabos. What with all the snowbirds gone, afraid of getting caught in hurricane season, with temperatures up in the high 80’s, low 90’s, and freaking humid.

We were welcomed by a valet parking attendant, which are a blessing in Cabo’s downtown where it’s hard to find a parking spot. We were ushered to our table in a room with barely 32 seats and maybe 6 more at the bar. Talk about a small restaurant that nevertheless has become a local’s favorite.

My wife ordered the day’s special cocktail called Amalfi, which is a concoction of mezcal, aperol and lemon juice. It turned out to be a refreshing drink. I ordered the house’s white wine which name I can’t remember but was pleasant enough.

Next we ordered – on the waiter’s suggestion – a red snapper carpaccio, which was delicious, fettuccini with shrimp and gnocchi covered with a truffle sauce. We felt in Italian food heaven. Literally. The food was accompanied by focaccia and the house’s bread, which had traces of red pepper flakes, herbs and olive oil.

Then came the Tiramisu cake that we shared and 2 espressos. We couldn’t ask for more. The bill came at some $100 bucks which were worth spent. The icing on the cake was that Luiggi walked in and sat down with us, at our request, and we had a most memorable conversation. He comes from Milan and has worked in several parts of the world. He came to Cabo hired as a private cook and, like everyone else, fell in love with our resort destination and decided to open his own restaurant here.

Il Forno is located on Morelos, “up the street” just three blocks from the main drag in Cabo. It plays videos of Italy on several screens and Italian, unobtrusive music on the background. For reservations, call 624-108-2165 or look it up on Facebook. Buon appetito! That’s Italian speak for Bon appetite.

Oh, I didn’t tell you why Il Forno will shut down soon. Well, you will have to read my Que Pasa column to learn about that.