Eat & Drink
Flavor the Restaurants of Costa Rica
Food is an essential part of the guest experience at El Silencio Lodge & Spa. Our healthy dining takes the best of Costa Rican cuisine and showcases the flavors, culture and culinary skills of the finest home-cooks and restaurants in Costa Rica.
Our goal is to create harmony between nature and food. That’s why Las Ventanas Restaurant features a seasonal menu designed around our organic farm and greenhouse. We select the freshest, most flavorful and nutrient-rich ingredients from our farm throughout the year to offer the best dishes that highlight Costa Rican produce at its peak freshness.
Nicolás Di Paolo’s biography is a veritable recipe for culinary virtuosity, interweaving his ancestry with a passionate journey through the best schools and most select restaurants in the Americas and Europe.
Nicolas first crafted his love for the culinary arts at his grandparent’s Italian restaurant, a local favorite that paid homage to the family’s cultural roots. His formal studies commenced at L’Ecole of Culinary Arts in Buenos Aires and soon earned him the opportunity to work at Harry Cipriani, one of this cosmopolitan city’s most recognized favorites. Soon after, Nicolás relocated to Valle de Las Leñas in Mendoza where he honed his skills as the ski resort’s Chef de cuisine. By 2006, Chef Nicolás Di Paolo heeded to the call of the Old World. He enrolled in Barcelona’s Escuela de Cocina Bellart, earning post graduate degree as Chef and Pastry Chef. During his years in Europe, he joined the culinary teams behind Michelin rated restaurants including Comerc 24 and Ferrán Adrià’s legendary, El Bulli. As part of the talent behind El Celler de Can Roca, Nicolás celebrated the restaurant’s first designation as Best Restaurant in the World in The World’s 50 Best Awards 2013.
Harvest to the Table
Our 5,000-square-foot organic greenhouse ensures year-round access to colorful vegetables, fragrant spices and delicate herbs. Free-range chickens provide morning-fresh eggs, while our trout ponds are a fun place for guests to catch their own main course. This wholesome, back-to-roots experience enhances the primal connection to nature that places the El Silencio Lodge & Spa dining experience on par with the best restaurants in Costa Rica.