Chefs have the advantage of fresh ingredients all year round. La Romana is a major meat-producing center for the country. Melons are produced at the large farm in the area. Smaller restaurants will serve catch of the day. Many Italians and Spaniards have moved into the area and opened small restaurants catering to tourists. Tourists may get introduced to a Dominican meal on the safari excursions, but for those who want more, the “dish of the day” specials offer more of the popular stewed meat, rice and beans and fritters.