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.

Hotel Zone
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...  Read More



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...  Read More

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...  Read More



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...  Read More

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...  Read More



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...  Read More

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...  Read More

Cenacolo Laguna (Cenacolo II)
Photo courtesy of Grupo Cenacolo


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...  Read More

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...  Read More

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...  Read More


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