You would think it would be tough to make a go of an Italian pizzeria and restaurant to make a go of it in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The locals grew up on more traditional fare, and the tourists seemingly would opt for cuisine that they cannot get back home. Yet, Chris Oleksiuk, the proprietor of Armando’s Pizzeria and Restaurante seems to have accomplished the impossible in surpassing the expectations of the most discriminating diners – both local and tourist.
While there never seems to be a que for tables, they are all full during both lunch and dinner. With both an indoor dining area and an L-shaped patio there is seating for everyone. You can choose to sit on the street-side patio and observe the view of the bustling street or a side patio that offers a quieter ambiance and still allow for the cool evening breezes. A table inside allows for a bit more intimacy as you catch the wafts of scents from the kitchen, where they prepare the finest pizzas, pastas, and specialty dishes in town.
The focus of the kitchen is to turn out perfect creations – all with meticulously sourced ingredients purchased daily by the owner who does all the shopping for the restaurant each morning. And the diners seem to agree. They throw around words like bold, spicy but clean, innovative and vibrant when speaking of the dishes. While the sitting may be rustic here, the food is far from it.
Suggestions would be to begin with the Brushetta, which is enough for two or three people as an appetizer, a Spinach Salad, and a finely prepared Fettuccine Alfredo or Pizza De la Duena with mozzarella, goat cheese, tomatoes, portabello mushrooms, black olives, basil, olive oil and a touch of garlic.
If you still have room, there are a half dozen outstanding choices for dessert. A favorite is the zabaglione, one of Italy’s great gifts to the rest of the world, zabaglione is an ethereal dessert made with egg yolks, sugar and Marsala wine. The result is a very thin, light, foamy caudle rather than a custard. As it is with traditional zabaglione, it is made just before serving. The warm froth is served over strawberries and is to die for!
Recommendation: Come early to avoid the crowd. Enjoy a glass of wine before your meal and a cup of fine coffee afterwards in one of the most wonderful restaurants in Cuernavaca – all at a very affordable price.
Conveniently located near the corner of Avila Camacho and San Geronimo, next door to the Ahora Pharmacy and above street level, the restaurant offers an attractive retreat from other dining experiences in Cuernavaca.
Chef – Propietario
Armando’s Pizzeria and Restaurante
Avila Camacho #500 Esq. San Jeronimo
Col. Tlaltenango C.P. 62170
Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Tel. 777 3171955
Cel. 777 2203037
Monday thru Saturday 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sunday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Visit their website at http://www.armandoscuernavaca.com/