A few nights back dad treated me to dinner after helping him with two very important things: setting up his AutoExpreso (like NY's EZPass) sticker onto his car windshield and showing him how to update a file from his flashdrive onto his laptop. You know, important things that merit a meal. ;-)
Living in Isla Verde is nice in that you can usually walk to a variety of restaurants. Walk? Yes. A foreign concept to many Ricans on the island. Out of dad's usual stomping grounds, we ended up walking to Ferrari Gourmet, a family-owned, Argentinian restaurant specializing in traditional Argentian beef entrees and pizzas. I remember eating there a few times before and recalled decent food at good prices. Pizza is actually how Ferrari Gourmet started when they wanted to make a great Focaccia using a Bread Machine and ended up making pizza dough. Or so the story goes.
Walking in we noticed that the small dining room was packed, but we managed to grab the last table available at the bar side. After Mr. Social Butterfly (Dad) greeted some friends, we proceeded to order some drinks. Dad got his usual, a glass of red wine. After learning Chardonnay was not a red wine (ha ha ha) he ordered a glass of the Cabernet.
Dad wasn't very hungry given he had a late lunch, so I proceeded to order a bowl of their Potaje de Garbanzo (Chickpeas & Chorizo soup) and their signature pizza, the "Pamperi" made up of Argentinian Chorizo, Chimichurri, Parmesan, Tomatoes & Cheese. He said he'd have a slice or two of the pizza.
We waited for a while and out came the Potaje de Garbanzos. It was piping hot! Microwave anyone? The chickpeas were plenty, as well as chunks of potato and chorizo. Unfortunately, it was really bland. Barely had any flavor. All it really needed was some salt. A bit of salt made it go from a bowl of blandness to a decent soup.
About 10 minutes later the pizza came out. It was their small, individual-sized pizza, about 8-10 inches, cut into 4 slices. It looked really good. The Parmesan on top had become nice and crusty and you could see the chunks of chorizo, tomato slices and chimichurri. Again, a bit bland. Come on peeps, where's the salt? Pepper? Adobo? But once you sprinkled a bit of salt and pepper, it was really good.
Their crust is great. Crunchy, crispy focaccia-like crust that was a pleasure to eat. Maybe next time I'll order a plainer pizza, just chorizo or pepperoni, sauce, and cheese, so I can enjoy the crust more.
The service was overall very good. At the end we had to ask for the check like 3 times, but the server was pleasant, friendly, and very helpful. Their warm service and decent prices make Ferrari Gourmet an excellent and economically reasonable candidate for a dinner out during these times.
Here you can see their menu: Download Ferrari Gourmet Brochure.
#51 Ave. Isla Verde, Carolina, PR 00