Pizza is pizza, right? Wrong. Amaro Restaurant in Merida has created some locally inspired pizzas that bring people back again and again. I love local foods and love Italian dishes so this combo is a nice treat when I want something a little bit different.
There are many reasons to go to Amaro – great music, incredible ambiance, centrally located and a great selection of local dishes. My number one reason to visit Amaro is their Avocado Pizza. Yup, Avocado Pizza to die for. It seems odd to skip all the other items offered on the larger than life Amaro menu, but their Avocado Pizza really is incredible.
Think thin crust, yummy cheese, and slices after slices of fresh avocado. If you want more than just avocado, they do have the Special Avocado Pizza that includes arrachera (flank steak) and mushrooms. It is good but my favorite pizzas still stand at the Avocado Pizza.
Besides their pizza, pasta, and Yucatecan dishes, Amaro has some great vegetarian choices. What I love is their inclusion of Yucatan inspired dishes vegetarian style, something that I would say is almost impossible to find. Try their Chaya crepes, Stuffed Zucchini with Cheese and Soy, Vegetarian Enchiladas, and Fajitas. I am not sure if I know of any Yucatecan Veggie restaurants in Merida that go to the extent that Amaro does. I take my hat off to Amaro for being so inventive.
The menu is big and I would challenge anyone to go to Amaro’s and not find a favorite. Regional dishes are served alongside international dishes like seafood, pasta, and pizza. If you want to try a variety of foods this is the restaurant to include on your Merida foodie list. My love for the Avocado Pizza has me choosing this dish each and every time so naming another Amaro favorite is a challenge for me. I would love to hear which dish is your favorite at Amaro. I might be tempted to try something new, or at least share another dish alongside…Avocado pizza.
Located in Merida’s Historic District, Amaro Restaurant is in a colonial residential home that was built during 1787. The address is Calle 59 between 60 and 62. Reservations are not required but a line up is not unusual. The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. til the wee hours of 2 a.m., 7 days a week. People love the food but the open terrace and evening Trova music are great crowd pleasers. Me, I just love the avocado pizza.
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