The Best Pizza & Pasta In Cancun – Assaggiare

Posted by | May 14, 2017 | Cancun, Food, Mexico | 8 Comments
Gourmet Italian in Cancun - Assaggiare

I have a deep-rooted passion for Italian food. Especially pastas. And when it comes to pizza I’m a prickly beast who is very specific in my requirements for what I consider the “perfect” pizza. Thin crust, crunchy, hand-picked vegetables, good cheese and none of that “drench the pizza in tomato sauce” bullshit that Americans call “pizza”. Though I’m also a closet fan of the pan-fried Extravaganza pizza from Dominos here in Cancun. Shhhhhhh.

A few years back, Cris and I discovered a hole-in-the-wall place selling pizza in Cancun called Assaggiare. When we first did a blog post + video and etc. on them, it was back in 2013. Since then, they’ve moved locations, improved in a dozen different ways, and grown their brand based on love, sweat, and passion. When we got around to working on our #FoodiesGuideCancun series, we naturally swung back around and updated this article with new photos and video. Let’s take a look into Chef Miguel Bolaños’ kitchen.

For me, the reason I’ve always loved this place has been their thin-crust pizzas. But it goes beyond that. Their new location has a spice garden along the side of it, a chic and boutique interior with antiques from the United States and beyond, and everything is set up around his kitchen and the specialties that are created within.

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Compared to when they first started back in 2012, their kitchen now produces so much more than just the common pizzas and pastas one would typically associated with a place like this. They’ve got smoothies of all kinds, they’ve got specialty pastas and pizzas that will send your tastebuds over the edge, and in 2017 Miguel has been expanding and experimenting with a variety of new things in the kitchen, leading to things like a baked pork-belly that he uses for some of their VIP dishes, and new desserts that are as much of a pleasure to look at as they are to eat.

Just check out their Facebook page and you’ll see what I mean. Or go all-in and head straight over to their menu page and just order something already!

You can tell this is a passion-driven restaurant by the simple fact that Miguel  still does most of the work himself, despite having a full-time staff. We even run into him from time to time at the supermarket by our place (since their restaurant is just around the corner, around 10 minutes on foot from our home)

Full disclosure: this is an unpaid shout-out from Cris and myself. When we started shooting the Foodie’s Guide to Cancun, we started with some of our favorite local places from around the city. In our opinion, it’s worth it just to come and hang out because of the atmosphere, because you already know the food is going to be worth your time. We’re promoting Assaggiare because we eat there on a regular basis, love their food, regularly order in from them, and quite simply we want to help support some of our local friends.

Check out our video below, and consider visiting their little hole in the wall the next time you are in the mood for some gourmet Italian pasta or pizza while looking for something to eat in Cancun.

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About T.W. Anderson

T.W. Anderson is the founder of the Marginal Boundaries brand. He is the writer, editor, videographer, photographer, and social media guru alongside Cristina Barrios, the other half of the brand. In his spare time, he is the creative director of the Saga of Lucimia, a forthcoming MMORPG from Stormhaven Studios, LLC.


  • Ahahahaha Jennifer, I feel the same way about “hamburgers and steaks”. While I’ll never turn a gourmet steak/burger down, as a general rule I *never* order them while I’m out because I grew up on a farm with steaks and burgers and the traditional Midwest food…no desire to eat that kind of stuff when I’m out and about because I grew up with it.

  • Jennifer says:

    Looks great! After years living in Italy now I completely rule out eating Italian when I travel. Hopefully some day I’ll miss Italian cuisine…

  • Fusion food FTW, Dale!

    It also makes for a more interesting meal out. You can only do pizza so many times before you’ve had the same thing multiple times, so it’s nice to see something different…and delicious!

  • Dale says:

    I love people who love to play around with classic dishes, in fact, there’s a chef from my hometown (that Franca briefly worked for) who’s a master of combining the classics of his Italian heritage with a modern style and spin, and they work so well.

  • Rock on, Manuel:

    Their exact address/phone # is on the Facebook page, linked at the bottom of the article, plus the Google map has the location marked.

    Great place for sure, you’ll enjoy it!

  • Manuel says:

    Exact address and phone number, Tim? I’ll drop by the restaurant and have a bite this winter. I’m all set to visit Mexico this January.

  • Heheheh, Laura :) The mainland is indeed an amazing city…which is why we keep publishing so many articles on what we know and enjoy at the local level. Most people only know about the Americanized Hotel Zone, so it’s a refreshing change of pace to be able to see the “real Cancun”. We are happy you enjoy it :) And if you do show up, beers are on us!

  • The more I read about Cancun on your blog, the more I want to pack and get there. This place seems to have anything I need and more… :)

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