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“not to be missed.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mexita

Mexita
Ranked #14 of 453 Restaurants in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $21
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Mexita es un restaurante de cocina SurItaliana, de antiguas origines Napolitanas.
girl in california
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“not to be missed.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

We asked our Oaxacan friend for her favorite restaurant...and Mexita was the first name she said. While we might generally steer away from Italian food in Mexico (why? we certainly don't only eat American food in America), we read reviews to get some information, and off we went. The food is truly excellent. We ate pasta (house-made, fresh) with calamari and a pizza with boquerones (little fish). Our standard for good food is high as we're from the Bay Area (California) where foodies abound. Both dishes could have come from the best restaurants at home. We love how completely unpretentious the restaurant easy....it could easily be passed over by a tourist looking for a certain something. We say: don't miss this one!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Miami, Florida
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Artesanal wines, balsamic vinegar, bread and cheeses”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

We enjoyed the owners and the true Naples atmosphere. We had a delightful tasting of homemade ricotta and mozzarella that we were comparing to our time where we used to live in Italy. The fresh made pasta with the different sauces were to die for, after we had eaten some crispy green marinated with again homemade balsamic vinegar and thick green extra virgen olive oil. At the end, we had some "limoncello" that was very syrup like and its taste was divine. Since I make this Italian drink at home, the "Nonno" shared some tip with me of how to improve my recipe. At the end, since we were complementing them so much, the lady chef was brought to our table to be told, how much we had enjoyed our meal.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mariemma b
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Scituate, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“One of Best Places I've Stumbled Upon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

My adult daughter and I were in Oaxaca for Spanish lessons for a week, to be joined by my spouse for vacation next week. The restaurant we were aiming for wasn't open; I'd glimpsed this one from the taxi ride going past. It was raining, so we doubled back here. This is a family run buisness, southern Italy transplants. We had visited Oaxaca three years ago and not noticed what seems to be a newish trend of Italian eateries: why, I kept wondering, would we eat Italian in Mexico? So very glad we did. We were greeted by several wait staff and eventually the main chef (owner too?) Enrique De Rosa came out. While we waited for our main dishes we were treated to a taste of the in-house produced mozzarella (the chef gets the milk fresh from a farm outside of Oaxaca!). Our table's pizza and lasagna were both amazing. Attentive staff; not rushed; great food. When my wife joins us next week, after she's had several meals of local cuisine, we'll take her here.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Grant102
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oaxaca
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103 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“It's Just Not Vieja Lira, Though Okay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

It's a nice restaurant, but service is sketchy and the staff simply does not have it down pat. That's indeed often the case in Oaxaca, but not always. The food is quite good (we had pizzas, calzones, salad and fresh pasta between our group of six), but not exceptional and I'm actually shocked that this restaurant has the reviews and rating I see.. We left and both said "Vieja Lira is better." Vieja Lira has the service that you should demand for prices which are in the upper range, and the fare to match. I don't think I'd return unless with another couple who insisted. And then I would try to disuade them and convince them to go to, you guessed it. But sure, if you live or are staying in that part of town, it's fine and you should be reasonably satisifed.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Mezcal_Tours
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Enrico D, Propietario at Mexita, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Google Translation
Buenas tardes,
lamentamo mucho no ser de su agrado, aun cuando tratamos de compensar nuestras fallas.Lamentablemente en el estado de Oaxaca, como usted menciono, la materia humana para trabajar en el area de servicio no es preparada, en este momento Mexita se encuentra con personal nuevo, por lo tanto, en capacitacion.Espero que la pizza y el clericot que se le ofrecieron como cortesia hayan sido de su agrado.
No es de sorprenderse que muchos de nuestros clientes pongan buenos comentarios de nuestro restaurante, Pues nos esforzamos cada dia para ofrecer los mejores productos y a pesar de todo el mejor servicio.
Muchas gracias para haber aceptado la invitacion de sus acompañantes a venir a comer con nosotros.
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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90 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“You'll keep going back”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

We spend several months in Oaxaca every winter, but only discovered this restaurant on our most recent visit. In a word, it is "fantastic"! Our only regret is that we didn't find it sooner. Great Neapolitan dishes, attentive service and the owner is a delight. The complimentary lemon-cello after dessert makes for a perfect finish to a memorable dining experience.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stuart C
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