About La Piccola Fontana - El Conquistador Resort
Fajardo, PR 00738
In order to retain the authentic flavors of Italy suitable to the palette of our ever growing diverse customer base, we have brought together four of Italy and Puerto Rico's best to create a dining experience you will never forget. Executive Chef Alfonso Pescarino (Milan, Italy), Steve Clemente (Fajardo, P.R.), General Manager Jose Salgado (Carolina, P.R. ) have joined to create a powerful combination of Italian traditions. La Piccola Fontana has been the source of numerous awards since their partnerships started. The team's mission is to transport every clients' senses back to Italy while in the comforts of the warm Caribbean waters. For over 20 years La Piccola Fontana has been leading the market in luxury, authenticity, and style. Come experience all the pleasures it has to offer you.
Contemporary Italian, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:30pm-10:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm-11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
To see the lobby's entertainment calendar ask concierge for The Scene newspaper.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
La Piccola Fontana - El Conquistador Resort Ratings and Reviews
We were staying at El Conquistador and ate here our second night. The restaurant is very dated. The chairs were threadbare...literally the stuffing from the chair was all over my dress. I was very excited to learn that they had gluten free pasta. I ordered a pasta and fish dish. The pasta was fair but the sauce was very thick and salty. My daughter had a chicken dish. She enjoyed it. The restaurant was extremely loud. The tables are very close together. We were practically eating with strangers. This was a 1.5 star meal at a 5 star price.
I was not impressed with the food. I would not have been impressed with the food even if it weren't in a 5-Star. The alfredo was mediocre. The pasta was mediocre.
The service and waitstaff were exemplary.
Ambiance was good. There were only about 3 or 4 tables the entire time we were there.
I do want to mention the size of their T-Bone. It was HUGE...at least 1.5 inches thick. The thing was a monster. It wasn't charbroiled though, but it was very tender.
My gf really really liked the guava flavored butter.
Decidí pasar unos días de vacaciones en PR (vivir en la Florida) con mi mama y celebrar el Dia de Accion de Gracias en su restaurante. Tenia reservaciones para las 7y30 PM el jueves Noviembre 24th. Fuimos recibidas a tiempo y como tenían un menu especial de Thanksgiving, con mi mama decidimos probar diferentes opciones para poder compartir y probas diferentes opciones. Mi mama pidió la sopa de calabaza. Yo pedi la ensalada. Mi ensalada traia 2 cherry tomatoes partido x la mitad y quizás 2 pedazos de queso miniatura. Los greens de la ensalada estaban amargos. Pedi que me cambiaran la ensalada por otra sopa con lo que no tube ningún inconveniente. la sopa estaba ok .. nada del otro mundo pero si mucho mejor que la ensalada. La sopa decía que traía almendras rostizadas y acarameladas pero solo tenia slices almonds de paquete. Como entree, mi mama pedido el pavo y yo los raviolis con salsa de calabaza. Mi mama dejo el 80% del plato. Dijo que el pavo estaba seco y sin sabor, y el stuffing era un pan seco y duro. Mis raviolis estaban duros (no al dente) y la misma salsa de calabaza que tratan los raviolis era la sopa que había tomado para comenzar ... exactamente la misma !! como es posible que hagan eso??? yo entiendo que pumkin es pumkin pero pude hacer algo diferente con la sopa .. andar una cream o algo para q sea algo diferente para los raviolis. Por ese motivo, me sentí tomando mas de la misma sopa con pedazo duros de pasta y otra vez, pedazos de almendras de una bolsa .... me comí la mitad y porque tenia hambre mas no porque estuviera bueno. El postre .... horrible !! El flan se veía seco y parecía que llevaba en la nevera anos. Y el pudín de pan era el mismo pan duro y feo del stuffing the main dish de pavo. Disgusting. Al final pague $ 95.00 por nuestra horrible cena. Es una pena que preciso esa haya sido la experiencia para comenzar vacaciones en PR y para celebrar un día tan importante como Accion de Gracias.
Arrived at 7:30 for reservation. Order was taken shortly after (by manager - older female). Salads brought out 5 min later. After 45 minutes food still not out and wait staff never checked with us. We were then informed around 8:40 they had "forgotten" our order. Finally had main course brought out at 9:00. Manager who had taken order wasn't very apologetic nor did she ever come back to check on meals. Food was just warm and quality was average. Don't waste your time here.
Bad combination of food and service. There were two waiters for the entire restaurant (sufficient number for the number of people there); one waiter was working very hard and the other seemed out of it. The food was ill-prepared (may have been old quite frankly) and the pasta was tough. Better options are at the resort unless you really want Italian food.
The food quality and service did not correspond to the price point. Had both been better, we would have been happy to spend $100+ for two people without cocktails/wine. We could see what the restaurant was trying to achieve, but it has a lot of work to do.
Service was very attentive, yet speedy for the children (who were crabby from a day of travel). Every one LOVED their meal and as I mentioned above the service was really great. We definitely challenged the staff with atypical order placements to get the kids fed quickly and they pulled it off without a hitch! Definitely a must if you enjoy fine Italian and are visiting Puerto Rico!
Nadie nos atendio, no habia un "host", para recibirnos, nisiquiera un mesero nos atendio, aun parados en la puerta nos ignoraban. Luego de 18 minutos de espera sin nisiquiera un "buenas noches", decidimos irmos a otro restaurante a celebrar nuestro aniversario.
Not a typical Italian menu. Much more interesting choices. Waiter was very helpful with selecting menu items and checking with the chef for gluten -free dishes (they also offer a gluten free pasta you can substitute in some of their pasta entrees. Nice wine list. My only complaint is that the music, which is rock and pretty loud, doesn't go with the ambiance.
La Piccola Fontana was a terrific spot in all respects ... by far the top dining spot at El Conquistador - varied choice on menu and everything we had from appetizers to mains to dessert was terrific - very good wine list with some surprisingly good options by the glass as well - service was extremely warm and efficient - catered to both the grown-ups and the kids
Many kids, our table for two was near the waiter station, super loud. Sat us without giving menus. App came quickly, dinner 45 minutes later! My husband couldn't even eat his steak, luckily server offered to take his meal off. My pasta was under cooked. Thought this would be more of an adult restaurant, was disappointed.
Restaurant was super slow. We had a team of 4 waiters and it felt like they wanted to rush us through our meal rather than let us enjoy everything slowly. I'm guessing it's because hotel was extremely slow, but very strange experience. Truffle butter ravioli (special) was excellent. Restaurant was so quiet we could hear every word of table behind us.
The menu had a fair amount of selections, but nothing that really WOW-ed us.
For the very high price they charge, we expected a bit more. Typical Italian food with a decent portion. Food was a bit on the salty side. Not sure if we'd go back...
Ambiance was nice but a bit too dark for our liking. Had a hard time reading the menu and seeing our food because of how dark our seating location was.
But the dessert (coconut flan & flourless chocolate cake) was good so it gave us a good ending to the meal.
I had the veal scallopini. The veal was a touch overcooked, but the flavor was spectacular! A great wine list, good single malt Scotch selection, and very good service make this a nice place.
I only have two other comments; the linguini that came with my veal attacked my white shirt, and the restaurant was fairly empty. The first is somewhat expected, but from my experience, this place should be packed.
I do recommend this restaurant.
My husband has Celiac Disease and typically we only dine where they have a dedicated GF menu but we were on vacation so our options were limited. The wait staff had minimal knowledge and understanding of gluten free dining. We were nervous ordering. We ended up having to speak with the Chef directly to assist in ordering. He had to educate the waiter a bit. The waiter had no idea what ingredients were used in basic menu items, nor did he seem to understand what gluten free meant. For example, he mentioned that there was no "bread" in the salad dressing. We were inquiring about what kind of vinegar was used, e.g.. was it derived from wheat, barley or rye?
I'm a vegetarian and ordered a non-GF vegetarian entrée. They brought it out topped with my husband's GF grilled chicken. Boo.
Once all was sorted out, the meal was ok, not outstanding. I think my veggie entrée was like $46 dollars or something ridiculous like that.
it was not a terrible meal, but it was not worth the money for an Italian restaurant.
We had a group of 7, which included a child, and the food and service was great. The staff made accomodations for the child, as you know how fussy children can be, and the dinner was wonderful. Even through we were ALL stuffed, we ALL had dessert. They are also Gluten-Free friendly.....try the warm flourless chocolate cake with ice cream.
We were a party of six and had excellent service without being rushed in any way. The rack of lamb was very generously sized, the lobster ravioli was extraordinary and everything we ordered was cooked to specifications (including one no-dairy restriction). Worth every dollar!
high resort prices with poor service, very loud, food was good but not amazing. I don't mind paying the resort prices if the service is outstanding. We have met some amazing staff here at the resort but our servers at this restaurant were not only not friendly but didn't do there job as well. Had to ask for water 3 different time, waiter never came back to check on us and I had to finally ask another server for help. The food was ok, my shrimp was extremely tough and I left 2 of the 5 jumbo shrimp on the plate. My husbands and daughters risotto were both very good. My other daughters ravioli was just okay.
It's a resort restaurant with resort food.... and that is what I expected, however, I was surprised by the poor service and lack of attentiveness.
Visited all the high end resturants in the first four days and for our fifth night we came back to La Piccola.
We had a one year old and and four year old and we our foodies so its tough to balance kid friendly and high end but they did it.
You can sit inside or in the lobby area (better for kids unless its quite inside). Loved the Lobster Risotto and Lamb!
They even were nice enough to give us a shot of lemonchello!
food was good but our dinner was ruined by too many loud unruly children whose parents have no concept that people were spending $200+ for dinner. I had a ten year old with me but he knows how to act appropriately in a nice restaurant. I think management should have asked the parents of the loud and out of control kids to either remove the children from the restaurant or have them behave appropriately. Too expensive to feel like you are in a day care center. I understand it is a family friendly hotel but if management wants to offer a "fine dining establishment" then they need to be prepared to make it a pleasant environment for all diners.
We ate here twice. The first night was very good, though expensive. The second night was still reasonably good, and still expensive, but not as good as the first night.
What was great: There is an appetizer dish with 4-5 cheeses, salami and prosciutto, and a walnut and black cherry combination. That was excellent both nights. Also very good was the steak in black truffle sauce, which had great flavor. Other dishes were mostly good.
What wasn't great: First of all the prices. Like everything else in El Conquistador, it's expensive. And when you're ordering a chicken entree for over $30 and you ask for a vegetable instead of pasta, the waiter should not tell you there are no substitutions. This is not the early bird specials menu.
The food was very good. We had a steak in black truffle sauce that was outstanding. Also, an appetizer plate that came with a few cheeses, meats, and a tiny walnut/black cherry dish - that was excellent. The other dishes were all good too.
It was not cheap, however. And we made the mistake of ordering bottled water. The tap water is fine, we later realized.
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