DELIFRANCE, SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Riccardo Solci bought the well-established lunch-room with the addictive bread in 2006 and has been renovating it since then. Why? Because every time he finishes a project, the cheese moves, prompting him to tweak his already excellent product even more. This week, I heard that it was finally perfect. A renovated, tastefully decorated, nicely air-conditioned dining room, an oceanfront terrace, a comfortable bar, the BEST breakfast in town, the most yummy sandwiches, the tastiest soups, a tempting buffet line with quality meats and fresh fish, and daily, reasonably priced specials by famous chef Edwin Geerman, who now works in Delifrance’s kitchen. Riccardo is a perfectionist, which is both a blessing and a curse. He came to Aruba on vacation in 2005. At the time he was looking for his perfect Caribbean island, a dream place where he could live and work. Originally Italian, he has been living in Miami for many years, and longed for a more laidback environment. He checked out the Bahamas. He checked out the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean destinations but when he arrived here he thought: This could be pretty perfect. Ten years into his adventure, he doesn’t regret the decision to settle, BUT he never got to live a laidback life, dolce far niente, because of the island’s ever-changing, ever-challenging business climate. Together with his Brazilian born partner Shirley, they look after customers every day, until 4pm, and would be happy to stay open later for special events; Chef Edwin has a great banqueting background and he can prepare just about anything. So if you are looking for a convenient Christmas dinner location, or a family get together spot, or a lecture space, a conference hall with lots of parking and interesting F&B possibilities, Riccardo is your man! Delifrance is open every day from 7:30am, AND THEY DELIVER, just call 588 6006.