Finally! Someone with a passion for food has opened a restaurant in Merida. Ca' D'Oro is an Italian restaurant with a Venetian owner and Neopolian Chef. It opened 2 weeks ago in a horrid strip mall called Plaza Mayor off the Paseo Montejo next door to Segafredo with a stunning view of Carl's Junior. The first thing you'll see when you step through the door, if you don't slip on the over polished marble floor is the amiable chef. Kiss his feet. You already feel transported to one of those modern over lit over mirrored bars in Milan. You'll suck in your gut and square your shoulders as you glance around to see if Donatella or Georgio are tucked into one of the banquettes sipping Negronis. I've been there 5 times already. I loose patience with the menu after 45 seconds. It's too big but in 45 seconds I've already found 10 courses I want to try. There's a page of antipasti, two pages of pizza, two pages of pasta, a page of meat, a page of seafood, and so on and so on. I've already thrown up my hands twice and just asked the chef to bring me some food. They have their own boats in Sisal that bring in seafood daily. The veggies come from Mexico City on thursdays. All the wine is Italian.
I have a fear that they will try to train a local person who's never eaten in a restaurant to cook. This happened to Pane y Vino and it's also happend at Elio Al Mare when the owner turns his back on the kitchen. But for now in it's infancy Ca' D'Oro is perfection. I'm not going to waste my time eating anywhere else until I've tried everything on the menu and then I'm going to start over again.
Prolongation Paseo Montejo x Calle 34
Colonia Emiliano Zapata Norte
999 948 11 55
UPDATE: 8 July 2010
Today I revisited C'a D'Oro for lunch.
The chef is gone. So sad, there goes the entertainment of watching the chef and the owner trade insults on the dining room floor. I guess he took all the clients with him as well. In the hour (2-3) or more I was there another customer graced the threshold. Without a chef we decided to make it easy on them. They have gone to the trouble to edit the menu. They have taken a few things off and changed all the prices. Instead of reprinting the menu they have cut out little rectangular tags and glued them old prices and my what a good job they have done. Then they took tape and taped over the new prices. It just looks lovely and I'm sure their imaginary customers are going to be happy to paying higher prices. The pizza still has fake cheese on it. The mineral water was delicious and I enjoyed the air conditioning...
UPDATE 2011 C'a D'Oro closed owner MIA chef went to Hyatt but I think he left there too.