Restaurants under hotels can definitely be hit or miss, but as you dart off of the busy Avenida de Espana onto Avenida Eusebio A Morales, you’ll be confronted with what looks like an old hidden wine bar stuck under the modern, white-stucco’d Hotel Las Vegas in Panama City, Panama. You’re half right – Caffe Pomodoro is a fabulous Italian restaurant, with oven-fired pizzas accompanying a great selection of Latin American wines, or heaping dishes of risotto and whole-wheat pastas drenched in delicious cheesy sauces. Convenient to a main drag of restaurants catering to every taste – you can get Moroccan and Indian and even Burger King further down the road – the Caffe Pomodoro is a find. Every side salad comes with fresh strawberries and mouth-puckering onions, and the beer list (they do have Budweiser – hard to find in Panama – but ask twice and they’ll get it; you must be persistent!) is quite tempting as well. The wine bar’s atmosphere is similar to that of an odd Italian mob movie, but the restaurant’s outdoor terrace is awesome at night, where the breezes of the city are amplified by twinkling lights in the indoor palm trees and cande-lit tables, where a final glass of wine or a sampling of the restaurant’s excellent tres leches can be the beginning or the end of a night on one of Central America’s most quietly groovy great eats.
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