A few weeks ago, we were invited to visit Made in Italy in Aguadilla to sample their menu and check out their wine bar: Copas. We usually do not make announced visits to restaurants since we want to give you the reader an accurate depiction of what you can expect when you visit the locale. But, we have been known to make exceptions to this rule, particularly, when visiting restaurants in the West side of the island. So Fernando and I decided to make a day out of it and headed over there.
Made in Italy hit the booming Aguadilla restaurant scene two years ago. The family friendly restaurant is located at the establishment that used to house the Italian restaurant Il Pommodoro, where its owners Chef Kenneth Rodríguez and Robert Soto used to work at. What immediately stands out when you arrive at the restaurant is their theme park type recreation of the streets of Venice, Italy.
Once we arrived, Chef Kenneth and Robert welcomed us and gave us the grand tour of the restaurant. While on the tour, Chef Kenneth took the time to explain to us that all the pastas, breads, and desserts served at the restaurant are housemade. We were lucky enough to witness the pasta making process firsthand.
They take pride in using authentic Italian ingredients which they purchase from their Italian suppliers and are currently harvesting their own San Marzano tomatoes. Made in Italy features a fixed menu with a variety of soups, salads, fresh pastas, meat and seafood dishes, as well as, daily specials. Coming soon, the menu will feature chef suggestions. When asked about their favorite menu items, Chef Kenneth stated that you can’t miss the Pasta Alla Mar & Tierra and Robert recommended the Ravioli Di Osso Buco. Also, don’t miss out on their wide variety of sangrias, which include: rose petal sangria (our personal favorite), chocolate sangria, apple and cinnamon sangria, among others. We recommend you try the Fonduta di Fontina and Mussels and Chorizo. Both appetizers are ideal for pairing with your favorite wine and kicking off your meal. Made in Italy is open Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The restaurant is available for catering, private events, and weddings.
We then walked over to Made in Italy’s sister establishment Copas, which is right next-door. There, you can find a nice wine list filled with popular old world and new world wines. Can’t find a wine you like, then bring your own, the corkage fee is $15.00. At Copas, you can indulge on their varied tapas menu while enjoying live music or stand up comedy. They are open Wednesday to Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.