- First-rate Italian restaurants are finding their way to Mexico City's Roma neighborhood, perhaps attracted and inspired by the name. Rosetta, which is both bakery and restaurant, is guided by chef and owner Elena Reygades. The setting recalls the capital's early 20th century luxury – Reygades' husband, the architect Jaime Serra, restored this pretty, Gothic-detailed stone mansion where tables are placed in a roofed courtyard.
The menu, which changes seasonally, of about 25 appetizers, pastas, and main courses, reflects the pan-Italy cuisine Reygades learned in that country and in London. Among the house-made pastas, the orecchiette (little ears) with pancetta and fresh peas is particularly delicious as is grilled sea bass with artichokes and arugula. Given the on-site bakery, the breads are excellent – the cannoli is, too.
One false note: some diners complain that service can be slow, or, at times, pushy.
The Centro Cultural Casa Lamm stands near the restaurant.
Prices: MX$300-500/US$30-50 per person, including wine
Payment: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Parking: Valet, limited street parking
How to Get There: Metro Niños Heroes, Hospital General, Insurgentes
Services: restaurant, bar, bakery, restrooms
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