Monday, July 11, 2011
"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti." -- Sophia Loren
On our last trip to Mérida, we invited our property manager, Ruben, to join us for dinner. We asked for him to choose the restaurant, a place where he enjoys eating. We were pleasantly surprised when he suggested La Tratto, an Italian eatery located right on Prolong. Paseo de Montejo (479-C entre 17 y 19, Buenavista). We rarely go out for Italian food at home, primarily because the best restaurants are a 25-30 minute drive to the beach and Alan can whip up a tasty pasta dish fairly quickly with leftovers for the next day's lunch. La Tratto is a stylish open air restaurant on a very busy street, but we were a few tables in and didn't seem to even notice the noise. The restaurant was fairly busy for 9:00 PM (the rush is more like from 10:00 PM) and even with all the table chatter we were able to have a nice conversation. Ruben and Alan ordered pasta dishes and I opted for one of their neapolitan-style pizzas with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and goat cheese. The pizza was perfect - crust just like I wanted, not anything like those gooey, greasy, cheese-laden Godfather-like pies. Alan and Ruben enjoyed their pasta dishes as well. This restaurant is not on the tourist circuit and you will see mostly locals.
Sorry to say I did not take any photos, so you will have to take my word that everything looked and tasted quite good. I would say that prices are in the $$ range on a scale of $-$$$. It is worth noting that they have 2 for 1 pasta specials on Wednesdays, and 2 for 1 pizzas on Sundays (I believe). That would make dinner for two a good deal. I did not realize until I googled La Tratto that it is one of four restaurants owned by the Trotter family - the others being Pancho's, Bryan's, and Trotters.