Giorgio Battaglia—a native of Florence, Italy—came to Los Cabos in 1984. With him was his new bride, the niece of Abelardo Rodríguez, then interim president of México. The couple fell in love with the region and together opened Trattoria Da Giorgio in the outskirts of San José del Cabo. It was to be a venue for the Palmilla resort guests they entertained on sport shooting trips.
As Los Cabos’ reputation as a hot, world-class resort destination grew, so did the success of the restaurant. In 1991, the newly minted Ristorante Da Giorgio moved into new digs, growing even more popular for its reputation and the one-of-a-kind views it offered of the Cabo San Lucas Bay and Land’s End. But, in 2001, Hurricane Juliette devastated much of Los Cabos, completely destroying the huge palapa that covered the restaurant site. Battaglia and his family left the region soon after.
A group of Italian businesspeople moved to Los Cabos in 2004 and took over operation of the restaurant, transforming Da Giorgio to Sunset da Mona Lisa.
Sancho Panza Wine Bistro, Cabo San Lucas closed on 04 April 2008.
Cabo San Lucas – Los Cabos – Baja California Sur, Mexico.
“Changes have come to Sancho Panza and sadly we will be closing as Sancho Panza Wine Bistro. We are selling the restaurant and it will reopen in the near future under another name.”
04 April 2008 – Ron Kleist
At Sancho Panza Wine Bistro Restaurant and Jazz Club we try to provide the best ingredients to enjoy an evening out in our desert paradise. Our food has received excellent reviews in nearly all the major food and wine magazines in the United States and some in Europe as well as in the best international travel guides.
Besides very fine cuisine, we offer the best and fairest wine list in Cabo San Lucas and Los Cabos, the coolest bar, Baja California’s best music, and the finest company on the planet. All provided in a casually elegant and stimulating atmosphere. If that sounds like something you might enjoy – stop by and check it out!
Taking its name from Spanish literature (Sancho Panza was Don Quixote’s loyal servant in the classic novel written by Miguel de Cervantes in 1604), the interiors are decorated with Picasso, Dali, and Miro motifs, with Cuban art hanging on the walls. LosCabosGuide.com
06 February 2007 – Nikon D2X – Menu Items and Interior Photographs
Note: Sancho Panza closed April 2008
Cheese & Fruit Plate
Brie, local goat cheese, Parmesan, and Mozzarella. Served with a mix of sliced apples, sliced pears, grapes, and foccacia bread.
Mediterranean Shrimp Salad
Mix of fresh local organic greens with mint and basil. Confetti of feta cheese and black olives, a feta vinaigrette dressing, and grilled shrimp.
Mango Salad with Grilled Tuna
Organic greens, avocado, and mango tossed with a citrus champagne dressing and a hint of pineapple with grilled tuna.
Baja Spring Rolls
Tasty, crisp, and crunchy spring rolls. Filled with fresh locally grown baby vegetables and locally produced goat cheese. A great combination of Baja ingredients.
Surf and Turf Kebabs
Beef, Chicken, and Shrimp grilled on rosemary skewers. Served with Dijon-mustard and lemon sauce for dipping.
Sea-Bass with Cherry Tomatoes
and Wild Mushrooms
Locally fresh caught sea-bass steak marinated in fresh herbs and grilled. Creamy sauce, cherry tomatoes, a mix of wild mushrooms, and fresh herbs.