Did you know that in Mérida you can find “pizza with personality?” It’s true. Sort of. When I say “personality” I guess I really mean “pizzality”. The pizza restaurants I’m about to describe all offer more than a typical pizza experience. Each of them will provide a glimpse into a part of Mérida’s character as a modern, growing city. Did you ever imagine it could be possible to get a deeper understanding of Mérida through pizza? What a gift I’ve just given you, right? Now when you demand delicious pizza, you can loftily inform people it’s in the name of cultural studies.
Cool and Edgy: Pizza del Perro Negro
Pizza del Perro Negro is far more than your average pizza parlor. It’s a pizza restaurant, skateboarders’ space, live music venue, and cool bar all rolled into one. And as an additional bonus, the murals are just fabulous. This is a “cool” place to hang out and the pizzas are, without a doubt, cool too. If you fancy trying your hand at Cochinita Pibil pizza or pizza “Ahogada” (a traditional Guadalajara sandwich) or even Chile Relleno, then Pizza del Perro Negro will certainly scratch that itch!
Circuito Colonias #138 x 36, Colonia Buenavista
Tel. (999) 518 0767
Mon. – Sun. 2 pm – 1 am
Modern / Traditional / Fusion: Illuminati
Here, the Chilaquiles pizza was the order of the day for me. What interested me most about this pizza was actually the look on the waiter’s face when I ordered it. I’m pretty sure he was trying to figure out whether he should ask if I knew what Chilaquiles are! Basically, they’ve taken a very popular Mexican dish (totopos, fried eggs, onions, salsa, cheese, cilantro, and cream topped with guacamole) and turned it into pizza. I can report that it’s truly delicious. We also added a Greek salad pizza to our table and found this to be a perfect lighter option.
Calle 64 #461-B x 55, Centro
Tel. (999) 461 0264
FB: Illuminati Pizza
Mon. – Sat. 5 pm – 11:30 pm
Traditional: Don Corleone
This small pizza joint near Plaza Grande may not look special but the pizzas are delicious; and because they serve individual pizzas, it’s perfect for snacking as well as a full meal. I opted for a vegetarian pizza with the addition of Frijoles (beans). Wow. Yum. From now on beans are a firm addition to my pizza order. The pizzas we had were cooked in a striking yellow gas-fired old pizza oven. They came out perfectly done, slightly crispy on the bottom, yet perfectly cooked on the top.
Calle 59 #508 x 62 y 64, Centro
Tel. (999) 923 6846
Mon. – Sun. 10 am – 10.30 pm
Sustainable: Monique’s Bakery de Alta Nutrición
Every Friday, Monique’s Bakery opens in the evening for pizza night. Monique’s pizzas are made with her famous sourdough base, which gives them a really wonderful consistency and flavor. I highly recommend trying the Bohemia, a fabulous combination of brie, apple, and caramelized onion. For vegan diners, there’s the Vegana Pizza, which I’ve been told is incredibly delicious. The ethos here is on quality, slow food, and sustainability, a fast-growing movement among locals in Mérida.
Calle 79 #191-A x 36 y 38, Col. Montes De Amé
Tel. (999) 195 6389
FB: Monique’s Bakery y Cafetería de Alta Nutrición
Tue. – Thu. 8:30 am – 4 pm, Fri. 8:30 am – 4 pm and 7 pm – 11 pm, Sat. 8:30 am – 4 pm, Sun. 8:30 am – 2 pm
Modern and Trendy: Radio Station Pizza
Radio Station is a bright and trendy pizza joint that offers interesting menu choices including gorgonzola and pear pizza (that was my choice) and live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays (9 – 10 pm). For me, Radio Station stands out for two reasons: vegan cheese alternatives, and being perfectly happy to offer half-half pizzas when my husband was being tricky and not allowing me to make his pizza choice for him! They also offer the opportunity to build your own pizza.
Plaza Macau, Ave. Andrés García Lavín #303 x 37-A, San Ramón Norte
Tel. (999) 941 7645
Mon. – Sun. 6 pm – 12 am
Editorial by Cassie Pearse
Photography by Cassie Pearse for use in Yucatán Today
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