With sunny outdoor seating overlooking the river, Trattoria Calypso (Camino al Volcán 5247, tel. 02/8711498) is an outstanding Italian restaurant in El Manzano that makes a great stop on the way up the Cajón del Maipo. The menu, of course, concentrates on pasta, but with greater variety than in many Italian restaurants in Santiago proper, and it offers an exceptional dessert menu. Befitting its weekend business, it’s open Thursday–Sunday 1–8:30 p.m. only. Figure about US$10–12 for most entrées.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition