Located in the heart of Aruba’s countryside in the Ayo neighborhood, a beautifully revived, century-old cuncu home has been artfully repurposed with new life. Studio Murano Art & Restaurant marries the traditions of Venetian blown glass art with island hospitality and a menu that highlights classic local dishes within the walls and garden of this cunucu relic.
Opening in 2019, this family venture is rooted in a legacy of Venetian glass craftsmanship. Brother and sister Giuliano and Patricia Pinzan, along with Patricia’s husband German, are the third generation to carry on the traditions of the craft that began with their grandfather who was born and raised on the island of Murano in Italy, immigrating to Venezuela post World War II.
Guests at Studio Murano Art & Restaurant can peruse a gallery of locally made Murano glass art that features several collections representing Aruba’s flora and fauna. Daily live demonstrations give guests an opportunity to watch the fascinating process of blown glass unfold in an informative and engaging presentation.
Beyond the glass art, there’s also magic happening in the kitchen. When the restaurant opened in 2019, the family tugged on their Italian roots, making freshly made pizza the highlight of the menu. Today, in addition to an extensive pizza menu, traditional Aruban cuisine—fitting the cunucu environs perfectly—is featured as well. Diners can explore classic dishes like cabrito (goat) stoba, saltfish cakes, chicken curry, and crioyo-style fresh fish.