Punta Cana, Dominica Republic. If you enjoy immediate service with a smile, delectable Mediterranean-Caribbean (Italian influenced) cuisine, cool breezes wafting through an elegant setting, then Marina Caribe Restaurant & Beach Club, should be at the top of your list! This airy, high-vaulted ceiling restaurant opened in November of 2014 to the delight of many. Co-owners, Enrico Canuti and Marina Pasculli take pride in providing high-end service with uniformed waiters and bartenders, whose attention to detail is a welcomed treat. When asking Enrico about the concept of the restaurant he replied, “Originally we started out as an excursion business in 2010 which is what we also do but we eventually decided that a restaurant and spa would provide greater service to our customers. We cater weddings and other events. We want to give the best quality food and service at reasonable prices.”
Whether dining inside or lunching and sunning on their private beach chairs, the experience is relaxing and pampered. Upon arriving, customers are treated to a glass of House Sangria and a platter of what they call Welcome Bread with two choices for topping. The wine list is impressive with a high recommendation for the Chianti Ruffino from Tuscany. My favorites are the Tortino di Melanzane/Eggplant Parmesan; Gamberi Alle Spezie /Shrimp in white wine, herbs and picante; Spaghetti Aragosta/Spaghetti with lobster, touch of cream, tomatoes and basil and the Filetto alla Griglia/ grilled Filet Mignon with a porcini mushroom sauce. With over 60 selections on the menu to choose from, there is something delicious to please all.
Welcome Bread Ingredients
Pico de Gallo- tomatoes, red onion, basil, minced garlic, fresh lime juice – combine and mix to taste.
Fresh basil, a touch of minced garlic, onion, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar- combine ingredients to your taste.
Text and photos by Maria Postell
Marina Caribe Restaurant & Beach Club
Playa Bavaro, Dominican Republic
Tel. (829) 559-4751