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.
Recommended for Italian because: Italianni's serves predictable but tasty Italian food at reasonable prices.
Susan's expert tip: You may want to share an entree. Portions are very large.
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.
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.
Recommended for Italian because: La Madonna is a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of Plaza La Isla. The food is Italian-Swiss.
Susan's expert tip: Try one of La Madonna's famous martinis from their upstairs martini bar.
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.
Recommended for Italian because: Rolandi's is one of Cancun's oldest restaurants. That says a lot because most new places aren't even open for a year.
Susan's expert tip: Sit inside near the back as this is an open-air restaurant that is located on a very busy street.
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.
Recommended for Italian because: The Rolandi name is well-known in Cancun, and Casa Rolandi is their best creation.
Susan's expert tip: For dessert, try the tiramisu or the bananas flambe.
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.
Recommended for Italian because: Locanda Paolo is an outstanding Italian restaurant where the chef always greets his guests.
Kristin's expert tip: Dress to impress, no shorts or flip-flops here.
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.
Recommended for Italian because: Gustino is a world-class restaurant and holds the AAA Four Diamond rating.
Susan's expert tip: If you are celebrating a special occasion mention it when you make your reservation.
Cenacolo Zona Hotelera, located at km. 12.6 of Blvd. Kukulcan in the la Europea building, serves upscale Italian dishes and beautiful views of Nichupte Lagoon. The main focus here is seafood, and all of the pasta is homemade every day. Service is excellent, an extensive wine list is on offer and portions are large. The decor is chic, light and modern with the addition of a live pianist creating a lovely ambiance. There is another Cenacolo restaurant located in Marina Town Center and one in Playa del Carmen. Dress up and leave your flip-flops at 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.
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.
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).
Recommended for Italian because: La Dolce Vita serves wonderful Italian food at very reasonable prices.
Susan's expert tip: Don't spend money on a cab. Take any bus on the ocean side in the Hotel Zone, get off at the first stop downtown and walk 1/2 block south.