Okay - I have to admit that despite my lifetime of going there, I don't know Tobago very well. I mean, I know the beaches I like, and I know Pennysaver's, but, I suppose because I find so much of Tobago geared towards tourism, I rarely eat out when I go there as it's just too expensive.
But for years, friends have been telling me about "this fantastic pizza place". It's called La Cantina, and it's in the Royal Bank plaza right outside of Crown Point. I've tried to go there a couple of times over the years, but somehow my timing has always been wrong - closed for renovations, or closed on the specific night I went. But on my most recent trip to Tobago - a speedy three-day sojourn with my great friend, Rachel - the stars aligned, and I was able to finally sample La Cantina's fantastic brick-oven baked, thin crust pizza.
So of course, this is one of the things that makes the pizza so good - it's baked in a proper brick oven. Then there's the fact that the crust is rolled nice and thin, so it gets crispy when it's cooked. Then too, this place actually serves pizza with anchovies - one of my favourite toppings. The portions are handsome and sharable; by Tobago standards, the prices are reasonable (upwards of TT$70 for a pizza that was more than adequate for me and Rachel) and the service is spot-on: informal and efficient. The location is the only downer - it's hardly what one would call, "idyllic"! And diners look out onto the scenic view of a car park backed by a busy main road. But these notwithstanding, La Cantina served up probably the best pizza I have ever eaten in Trinidad and Tobago, and is definitely a place I will visit whenever I'm in the sister isle!
An i-pod snap of Rachel at La Cantina.