By Jade Arroyo
The seductive scent of pizza from this Italian-style restaurant, located on calle Cuadrante not far from La Parroquia, meets casual walkers as they come near. It’s difficult to turn your back on the pizza that’s cooked here at La Grotta, a real gem in our city.
Pizza lovers will flip for this. The thin, crispy crust is spectacular, and there is a variety of more than 20 ingredients to choose from to make your own combination.
Established in 1989, La Grotta was the first Italian restaurant in San Miguel de Allende. After more than a quarter of century (27 years!), it has remained a preferred choice of local diners and tourists for its delicious food and warm service.
The place is small, but totally charming, with a very cozy and funky atmosphere. It feels like being in a small town in central Italy. The first floor is literally a cave, a perfect venue for chilly days, and the second floor overlooks the street.
Be sure to try the fresh pasta, made entirely by hand at the restaurant on a daily basis. The restaurant also features homemade sauces and salads. The food served here is fresh and prepared at the moment. Do not expect it to be on your table in 10 minutes. Good things take time, and this is a flavorful interpretation of Italian food.
The owners, Esther and Daniel, provide personal service at the restaurant almost every day, having lunch together with all their employees. Partners in life and business for a long time, this couple always remains creative.
They recall that, after all these years, they’ve had all kinds of customers. Some have moved, some have passed away, new ones come, and others continue to enjoy their hearty bowl of spaghetti. La Grotta would like to give thanks to the community for their constant support and love for their food through the years. In a San Miguel populated by more and more new restaurants and cafés, they remain one of the favorites and the reference point for where to get good Italian food. La Grotta is located on Cuadrante 5, and it is open every day.
La Grotta’s Special Pasta Puttanesca
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 can of anchovy fillets
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 pounds of plum tomatoes, chopped
½ onion, finely chopped
1 jar capers, drained
1 ½ cups of black olives, chopped
Fresh black pepper, to taste
Dash of oregano
1 package of pasta or 12 ounces of fresh pasta
1. Place the oil, anchovies, garlic, and onion in a heavy, medium-size hot pan. Mash thoroughly to a paste.
2. Add the tomatoes, capers, and olives. Stir and heat to simmering over medium heat. Turn heat to low and simmer uncovered for one hour, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with pepper and a dash of oregano. Combine with freshly made pasta.