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The Best Italian Restaurants In Guadalajara, Mexico
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The Best Italian Restaurants In Guadalajara, Mexico

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Guadalajara is a historic and cultural western Mexican city, but that doesn’t mean it has limited international dining options. In fact, the range of global foods to be found here is impressive, meaning you can satisfy any possible craving that might arise during your stay. When in Mexico, eat like the Italians do at these six fantastic Italian restaurants.
Pompeii | courtesy of author
Pompeii | Photo by author
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Antica Venezia

Located on the rather aptly named Calle Pompeya, Antica Venezia is a great little find for those looking for a cozy, familial restaurant that serves well-prepared and generous helpings of pizza and pasta. The owner is from Italy, which tells you that the food here is authentic and delicious. It also perhaps goes some way towards explaining the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of this restaurant. Despite the limited menu options, every dish is exquisitely prepared and full of flavor. Don’t get the impression that you’ll be stuck for choice.

Address & telephone number: Pompeya 2946, Guadalajara, Mexico, +52 33 3642 7902

Neopolitan pizza © lightcubex/Flickr
Neopolitan pizza | © lightcubex/Flickr
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Pinta Negra

An excellent option for cheap but excellent stone baked pizzas and hanging out with friends any time of the afternoon or evening, Pinta Negra also has some fantastically economical drinks offers during the day, with tarras of beer sometimes costing as little as 20 pesos. The mood is relaxed and casual here, and therefore perfect for a lunchtime or pre-night out food option. If you get the chance, make the most of the view out onto Chapultepec from the pretty terrace, strung with fairy lights and lined by tiny pots of homegrown herbs.

Address & telephone number: Justo Sierra 1982, Guadalajara, Mexico, +52 33 3825 3768

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Funicula

If you’re looking for a more formal pizza experience than Pinta Negra, check out Funicula, a lovely restaurant which boasts some of the best pizza in Guadalajara. The crust is thin and crispy, and made to order in their pizza oven. No pizza is complete without a glass of wine to accompany it however, but Funicula have got you covered. Their wine list is simple but affordable. Make sure to carry cash if you intend on eating here, as card payments aren’t accepted.

Address & telephone number: Avenida López Cotilla 1906, Guadalajara, Mexico, +52 33 3615 1237

Vitoleta, Tuscany © mau_ry/Flickr
Vitoleta, Tuscany | © mau_ry/Flickr
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Il Padrino

Il Padrino offers traditional Tuscan dining in the heart of Guadalajara. With a menu featuring stone baked pizzas, artisan pastas, wood fired meats, and an extensive wine cellar, this is an upscale Italian establishment that can’t be missed. As well as exquisite, typical Tuscan dishes, the service and welcome you receive is second-to-none, as the owner greets you at your table. Despite being relatively new on the scene, Il Padrino has already been recommended in other publications, which just goes to show the quality of the food here. Check it out sooner rather than later.

Address & telephone number: Avenida Terranova 1079-A, Guadalajara, Mexico, +52 33 3333 5512

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Sicilian graffiti | © AudreyH/Flickr
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La Mitotera

La Mitotera strikes the perfect balance between Italian and Mexican cuisine with its menu, which features Italian dishes with Mexican twists. This cultural combination is evident from the decor of the restaurant, which is dominated by potted plants, art on every wall, beanbags, and the ever popular fairy lights strung from the ceiling. All of this gives La Mitotera a cozy and ever so slightly bohemian feeling; an assault on the senses in the best of ways. Take it easy and enjoy a chilled night here, with a lasagna or spaghetti Bolognese.

Address & telephone number: Francia 1333, Guadalajara, Mexico, +52 33 4040 8453

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Pizza Rila

We round off our list of pizza in Guadalajara with one of the absolute best options in the city. The subject of its very own Vice article, this previously nameless street pizza stall is handily located right outside a popular trio of Guadalajara bars, which includes El Rey. With just two options on the menu, choose between meat pizza and the vegetarian option, which rather ingeniously uses pesto instead of tomato sauce, and marvel as Pizza Rila whip up the pizzas before your very eyes in the handmade clay pizza oven that’s built into the wall of the owner’s house. Unmissable.

Address & telephone number: Bernardo de Balbuena 107, Guadalajara, Mexico, +52 33 3971 5425