Casa Rolandi Restaurant Review – Gourmet International Cuisine In Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Casa Rolandi, an award-winning gourmet restaurant, located in a luxury boutique hotel on Isla Mujeres, Mexico serves delicious international cuisine with strong Northern Italian-Swiss influence. The touch of Mexican, master cooking, and preparation techniques come together to reward diners with a superior dining experience
My husband and I dined with Giancarlo Frigerio, Hotel Villa Rolandi General Manager, who along with Master Chef Fabrizio Piga, reviewed the extensive menu with us. Frigerio told us that, “We put Italian soul into the restaurant.” Piga explained that he uses top-quality fresh ingredients and slow cooking techniques while focusing on creating amazing dishes by combining flavors.
The dining experience begins even before the food arrives. Diners are treated to a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea and the Cancun Hotels eight miles across the water.
Sometimes it is the unexpected amenity that makes an experience special. In this case, a rack was provided so that I could hang my purse and not have it touch the floor.
A specially designed brick oven is used to bake their breads and pizzas and to cook selected entrees. Warm bread dipped in oil and balsamic vinegar accompanied by a glass of Chardonnay is a great way to start a meal.
There are a dozen cold appetizers on the menu including five carpaccios. Select one with salmon, tuna, octopus or meat. You can order ceviche “Isla Mujeres” style or fish ceviche Peruvian style.
I was temped to order the Thai salad with sauteed shrimps, bean sprouts, bamboo shots, shitake mushrooms and ginger, dressed with a walnut vinaigrette and extra virgin olive oil, but was afraid I would not have room for the other courses.
The menu is extensive. After discussing our basic food preferences prior to the start of the meal, we left our menu in the hands of the experts. We passed on the selections of four soups, all of which sounded appetizing. Next came our pasta dish.
An elegant presentation including the Silver Dome on the main course is part of the dining experience. I selected a meat dish as my main course and my spouse ordered shrimp.
Fabrizio recommended his recently created Giant Shrimps Flambe' pineapple. Watching the final preparation of this entree – the flambee' -was an enjoyment on its own.
The giant local shrimp were large and flavorful. A light Rhine wine accompanied the meal.
Casa Rolandi is owned by the Rolandi group and European investors. The Rolandi group is known in Mexico for its Italian restaurants and pizzerias in Cancun, Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen, and Isla Mujeres.
Fodor's, the leading name in travel guides, recognized Casa Rolandi as a 2012 Fodor’s Choice selection. This distinction designates Casa Rolandi as a leader in its field for service, quality, and value in the 2012 year. It has also been honored yearly with the coveted ‘International Star Diamond Award’ by ‘The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences’ and has won the prestigious DiRoNA Award (Distinguished Restaurants of North America).
Casa Rolandi Restaurant is housed in the Hotel Villa Rolandi which includes 35 luxury suites, three swimming pools, a fully equipped spa, a private beach, and its own yacht. The hotel is located on Isla Mujeres, a small picturesque island 20 minutes by ferry from Cancun, Mexico.
Casa Rolandi is worth the trip from Cancun. It is a must visit if you are staying on Isla Mujeres and want a fine five star dining experience. For more information, visit their web site at www.villarolandi.com or call 1 866 754 0452.
Photos by Dianne R. Davis or Burt Davis