The Best Italian Restaurants In Oaxaca, Mexico

Lauren Cocking

Oaxaca City is the ridiculously cultural and picturesque capital city located in the beautiful, but poor, southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. However, if you fancy the Italian experience while you’re holidaying in this increasingly popular city there are some great options. You can even try out the Oaxacan twist on pizza with a tasty tlayuda. Read on for the top Italian restaurants in Oaxaca City.

Oaxacan street

1. Mexita

Restaurant, Italian

Jardin Conzatti
© Andrew/Flickr
Mexita is one Oaxaca restaurant regularly ranked highly on must-visit lists, regardless of whether they are dealing with specifically Italian food or not. The chef is originally from Naples, which as everyone can agree is the home of the most authentic and delicious pizzas, so you can expect great things at Mexita. We recommend sitting in the small garden area and admiring the avocado tree as you enjoy your incredibly fresh seafood pastas or the creamy tiramisu. We recommend trying the porcini mushrooms when in season or the fresh lobster.

2. Café Bistrot Epicuro

Cafe, Restaurant, Italian

Colourful tlayudas
© Aida Mollenkamp/Flickr
Another excellent Italian option in the heart of Oaxaca state is Café Bistrot Epicuro. This small yet comfortable restaurant is a great location for a spot of lunch or a more intimate dinner with friends. It’s also well situated, just off the Zocalo. We recommend trying the aubergine starter and the exquisite pesto. For lasagna lovers, this is just as much the place to be. They also source food from local sustainability projects, meaning your money is going back to the region, which is one of Mexico’s poorest.

3. El Sagrario

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican

One for the late-night party goers, who all know that pizza is the ultimate food after a drink, El Sagrario is a restaurant and bar that often shows international football matches in case you were missing your fix of sport. It is divided up accordingly, with the sleek restaurant occupying the top floor, and the pizzería area taking up residence on the ground floor. Choose from a wide range of toppings to adorn your thin crust pizza and enjoy the live music El Sagrario hosts on a nightly basis.

Culture Trip Summer Sale

Save up to $1,395 on our unique small-group trips! Limited spots.

Edit article