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Mama Mia! Where to Find Delicious Italian Food in Cancun



When in Cancun, you fully expect to try mouth-watering Mexican cuisine, but you'll also find restaurants that serve delicious, authentic dishes from all over the world, including Italy.

Great Italian restaurants can be found in both downtown Cancun and the Hotel Zone. Many of the establishments on this list have been in business for many years and have outlasted countless other restaurants because in general they offer scrumptious food at reasonable prices.

Both located in downtown Cancun, La Dolce Vita Centro and Rolandi's are two of the oldest Italian restaurants in Cancun and are still very popular with both tourists and locals. There is also a Rolandi's on Isla Mujeres. Italianni's is also located downtown, in Las Plazas Outlet, and offers reasonable prices and huge portions.

Limoncello is one of Cancun's oldest restaurants, and many frequent visitors to Cancun dine here over and over. Cenacolo, located in Plaza Kukulkan, and Cenaloco Mare, located on the lagoon, consistently wow customers. Casa Rolandi, also in the Hotel Zone, won't disappoint Italian food lovers. Gustino Italian Grill, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant, is located in the JW Marriott and both guests and non-guests are welcome. La Madonna is the place for Italian food in Plaza La Isla.

Delizioso! Try one (or more) of Cancun's Italian restaurants.


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Hotel Zone
Italianni's
Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse

This is a chain restaurant that can be found throughout Mexico. The food is tasty and the menu features pizza and pasta dishes, but there are also a few beef, chicken and seafood dishes. A children's menu is available for the little ones. The menu changes frequently (new items are added seasonally), but the most popular dishes are on the menu year-round. The decor is nice and features typical Italian restaurant adornments like dark wood, checkered tablecloths and maps of Italy on the walls, which makes the place feel homey and cozy. There is also an Italianni's in Plaza La Isla in the Hotel Zone.

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Rolandi's Pizzeria is one of several Rolandi's establishments in the area. Each of the restaurants have been around for many years and are known for their delicious food. The Isla Mujeres version is located on a quaint pedestrian street on the ground floor of a hotel. The house specialty is pizza, cooked in wood-burning oven, but homemade pasta, calzones, fresh salads and soups, as well as beef and seafood dishes are also offered. For dessert, there are an array of gelatos and ice creams to choose from, as well as cake and flan.

Recommended for Italian because: The food scruptious at Rolandi's, but dining at the street tables is a fun experience in itself.

Susan's expert tip: Sitting outside on the street so you can people watch is a must.

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Zona Hotelera
La Madonna
Photo courtesy of Susan R. Vincil

Location (very easy to find, inside La Isla Shopping Village) and ambiance are two reasons to check out this place, but the martini selection, good service and the great combination of Italian and Swiss food will keep you coming back. For dinner, start out with the Caesar Salad, made tableside, and then as an entry, try the Lobster La Madonna (the menu states that this dish is "another reason for the Mona Lisa's smile" so you know it has to be fantastic) or the Roasted Pear and Gorgonzola pizza. The mezzanine level is reserved for couples and it's a lovely place for a romantic dinner. La Madonna's terrace is one of the best spots for people-watching in La Isla Shopping Village.

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Rolandi's owns several establishments in the area and all of them are very popular with both tourists and locals. Each of the restaurants have been around for many years and are known for their delicious food. The Cancun version is located downtown close to the Hotel Zone entrance. The house specialty is pizza, cooked in wood-burning oven, but homemade pasta, calzones, fresh salads, soups, as well as beef and seafood dishes are also offered. For dessert, there are an array of gelatos and ice creams to choose from, as well as cake and flan.

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Zona Hotelera

Casa Rolandi has a loyal following of patrons that have been visiting this incredible restaurant for many years. They have been open for over 30 years, so they are almost as old as Cancun! The menu consists of mainly pasta, delicious gourmet pizzas, steaks and seafood dishes. There are unique twists on some typical dishes, to give them a Mexican or Mayan flare. For example, the Gamberoni dei Re Maya, is jumbo shrimp with Achiote sauce, which is cooked in banana leaves. For years Casa Rolandi was located in Plaza Caracol, but they are now located on the lagoon at Marina Blue Ray at km 13.5 of the Hotel Zone. Watch a spectacular Cancun sunset while you dine.

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This Italian fusion restaurant has been open since 1989, an eternity in Cancun. The fare can be described as Italian with a Mexican Caribbean influence. The service is impeccable, attentive yet unobtrusive, and the chef always comes out of the kitchen to greet customers and ask if they are enjoying their meal. If you have a taste for something, just ask, the kitchen is very accommodating. This is a great setting to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. If you arrive at 8 pm, you'll wonder where all of the customers are, but by 10 pm Locanda Paolo will be full.

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Gustino Italian Grill
Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

Gustino Italian Grill is located in the lobby of Cancun's JW Marriott, a AAA Five Diamond resort. The restaurant itself hold a AAA Four Diamond rating and is one of the best Italian restaurants in Cancun. All employees are extremely well trained and the service is impeccable. A la carte dinner is served from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm in a beautifully decorated room with oversized windows that provide a view of the Caribbean. Diners are treated to an amusebouche & palate cleanser. Gustino is a supurb place to celebrate an anniverary or birthday.

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Cenacolo Zona Hotelera
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Cenacolo Mare, located at km. 13.5 of Blvd. Kukulcan, serves upscale Italian dishes and beautiful views of Nichupte Lagoon. The focus here is seafood. All of the pasta is homemade and handmade fresh every day. Service is excellent and portions are large. They offer an extensive wine list. The decor is chic, light and modern and a live pianist creates a lovely ambiance. There are different Cenacolo restaurants located in Plaza Kukulcan, Plaza Peninsula in downtown Cancun and in Playa del Carmen. Dress up and leave your flip-flops in the resort.

Recommended for Italian because: Cenacolo Mare not only serves authentic Italian food, but the restaurant is beautiful.

Susan's expert tip: Plan your dinner around sunset and sit on the terrace.

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Hotel Zone


Chef Rino Balzano grew up in Italy and realized he had a passion for cooking when he was a teenager. He has managed and owned many restaurants in the United States, but Limoncello was his first in Mexico and he started out in grand style. This lovely, lagoon-front restaurant has amazing views, especially at sunset, and a very romantic setting. Pasta, pizza, and seafood are the specialties of the house. The pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven. The Tuscan-inspired creations of Chef Rino are a gastronomical treat for guests. The baked rack of lamb and the platter of mixed seafood are highly recommended.

Recommended for Italian because: Make a reservation and ask to sit on the pier.

Susan's expert tip: Order a Limoncello Margarita.

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La Dolce Vita Centro
Photo courtesy of La Dolce Vita

This small, romantic Italian restaurant has long been a favorite spot for locals, but it is becoming more popular with tourists as well. Located right on the bus route, in downtown Cancun, it is just a few blocks away from the entrance to the Hotel Zone and is very easy to find. It's a great place for a nice lunch (they open at 1pm), a family gathering, a romantic dinner or even a marriage proposal. The restaurant only has seating for 80 people so it is definitely an intimate setting. Soft music plays in the background while you enjoy a superb meal and live "la dolce vita" (the sweet life).

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Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University....  More About Kristin

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