If there’s one food I’m a good judge of, it’s pizza. Born of New Haven pizza and groomed in Brooklyn, I have pizza in my blood. I’m even sort of a jerk about it. So, does Cozumel, Mexico have good pizza?
Cozumel now officially has great pizza. It’s had pretty darn good pizza for a long time, in places like Guidos, Sorrisi, and Rolandi’s, and the darkhorse deep-dish pies at ‘Ohana. And then new competition sprung up with places like La Cocay, New Especias and Benito’s. Things got turned up a notch or two! It didn’t stop there. Now we have the locals pulling up and ahead, with Fratelli’s as our potential grand champ, and Los Seras bringing the heat with their weird but perfect fusion Pizza al Pastor. Brilliant. But don’t blink, because San Miguel’s new darling, Punta Sur Cerveceria, just served up some wood-fired lionfish pizza along with that growler of locally-microbrewed craft beer. Yes, it’s true. Cozumel’s pizza scene is here, and it’s ON.
Even though I’m a pizza (semi-)snob, I’m also the first to agree that even bad pizza is decent pizza. But we don’t want just decent pizza in this particular post.
We want you to go try, judge, and fight over the best pizza joints on this island.
Let’s keep raising the bar!
So, ok, right out of the box, I’m going to call this one my current favorite. My reigning Cozumel pizza champ.
Not only is this a local Mexican restaurant that does pizza, but it does an awesome pizza with -– finally! – a really good, crispy and well-seasoned crust.
None of that barely there, powdery crust here. No – this is serious crust, and a serious pie through and through. I love their pizza.
And they have a lot of good choices for toppings.
Meanwhile, they also have a whole huge menu of all kinds of other foods for everyone in your group or family. And all in a lovely new setting (they took over the old Carina space, on 11).
Fratelli’s of Cozumel. Be sure to try: the unique and delicious pizza Huitlacoche. Wow.
If you don’t know what that is, you should just order it and enjoy. And if you want to know a little more, read up on huitlacoche in our local taco ingredients post, right here.
Another one that’s now firmly in my top 5. I especially like La Cocay’s vegetarian selections, like the Pizza Lisa, with spinach, garlic, and mushroom.
But it’s the whole package here – great sauce, good and special pies, and a really good crust.
And the restaurant is the whole package, too – their various salads, meat entrees, and pasta are terrific, all in a nice restaurant with indoor dining and a back garden area.
La Cocay. Be sure to try: Pizza Lisa and the stellar and unusual Pizza Danny, with a cheese blend, apples, and black cherries. yum.
Punta Sur Cerveceria
First known for their impressive micro-brewery – the first (and still only…) on Cozumel.
This super cool little joint right downtown is run by innovative people who know their beer and obviously know their wood-burning oven, individual pizza pies.
Great stuff. They also won over divers and local fishermen by featuring the invasive lionfish on a special pizza. Not only is it an eco-responsible crowd-pleaser, but It’s also really really tasty.
Punta Sur Cerveceria. Be sure to try: The lionfish & guajillo chile pizza the Nacional (with chorizo, avos, and jalapenos), their wood-oven empanadas. All of their yummy craft beers!
This is a quiet gem that’s been a town favorite for those in the know, for a long time. Tucked away in the North End of town, ‘Ohana, a Hawaiian word meaning family, is cozy and cool.
‘Ohana has a varied menu and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This one bucks the trend for me. What’s the pizza here that knocked my socks off?
Their deep-dish pie! (say what?!)
Yes. It’s about an inch-thick beauty of cheesy goodness. I almost taste a hint of something warm in there.. is that a hint of cinnamon in the sauce? Something special. And totally delicious.
They also have thin crust pizza, and that was a big hit, also. A little oily, but really good, and nicely seasoned.
Dinner in the ‘Ohana back garden is a treat. But be warned, the deep dish takes a while, so order before you come, or just chill out and enjoy some appetizers, the garden, and the (occasional) live music, while you wait.
‘Ohana Cozumel. Be sure to try: The deep dish pizza. (allow about 45 minutes)
Don’t mess with a classic. Guidos is a massive Cozumel favorite and the Italian “go-to” for very good reason. And their pizza is delicious. Classic, consistent, delicious.
Guidos Restaurant and Bar. Be sure to try: Their salads! That’s my favorite part! Some of the best salads in Cozumel, and that’s saying something.
Rolandi’s kinda seems like Guido’s kid sister, to me, despite the fact that it’s part of a chain-let of restaurants in the area.
It’s really nice and good, same puffy garlic bread, similarly professional table service…but somehow kind of in the shadows.
I really like eating there in their breezy, water-side diving area, and I love the waiters and the whole (huge) menu.
Plus, their pizza is also really good – in fact, this was long my favorite. And part of that is because they also have the anchovies. Case closed!
Some nights, they’re the only game in town for us.
Rolandi’s in Cozumel. Be sure to try: Pizza Napolitana (w/anchovies), or many many other choices!
Walking into Sorrisi the first time was kind of like walking into an old-school Italian restaurant back in New Haven or New York. It’s a beautiful restaurant with excellent Italian food and top-notch service.
The pizza was delicious, and I was relieved they had to-go boxes (natch) because I didn’t want to let any of it go.
I admit I haven’t made it to Sorrisi as often as the others, so this is a little unfair. It’s definitely on our Cozumel Food Overview post with other Italian spots, and I will definitely go back and suspect it will move up the list.
I guess it’s slightly pricier than some others, so that’s one strike, maybe. But I am determined to return – I have to put it to the test again.
If you want other choices, though, and a really special setting and a menu full of delicious food? Try this place – it’s great and full of old-world charm.
Their 100s of 5-star reviews are glowing, with many saying it’s the best restaurant in town.
Sorrisi Restaurant Cozumel. Be sure to try: Pepperoni pizza, lobster pizza.
New Especias is a chic, cozy (yet two-story) restaurant in Centro. It has a full Italian menu and a charming decor of black-and-white photos of famous and iconic figures from old Hollywood and other veins of popular culture.
New Especias. Be sure to try: The Pizza Nutella for dessert, after any of the wonderful dishes on the menu.
Despite my pizza pedigree, the small rural town my parents moved to didn’t share New Haven’s pizza cred. But there were a few places dotted around the general area, including my favorite childhood spot called “G&F Pizzaria.”
Benitos is like my Cozumel version of G&F!
Friendly and pretty, a small, low-key, homey sort of ‘red sauce joint’, tucked back into town on a quiet block.
They opened up a few years back and immediately became my favorite place to go in for dinner, or also to order take-out or delivery. Not only was everyone on the staff so nice and fun, but the food is also really good.
I especially love their Margarita pizza, and that it comes with a variety of seasoned olive oils to drizzle on top.
Some fresh out of the oven pizza with garlic and basil-infused olive oil? Yes, please.
You may note, they’re a little down on my current list because their crust has slipped a bit, in my mind. But I still order from there – great Caesar salad, too – and they’re worth trying.
(I’m actually hoping to get some resistance on this crust review, and any others. Bring it.)
Benitos Pizza & Pasta. Be sure to try: Margarita pizza, and the “Benito’s salad”. Perfect meal.
Ninos is good, solid, pizza. I personally don’t get it that much, and can’t truly “rave” about it, but it’s a popular choice.
Nino’s is a good call if you want delivery to your hotel, or want to plan a large order for a group or a party. Partly because they have awesome deals and are busy and easy to find and arrange an order on social media.
Follow them and take advantage of their frequent family deals (with extras thrown in, or 2-for-1 deals, etc.)
Pizzeria Ninos. Be sure to try: Their FB page for many good deals
Los Seras is an old standby in Cozumel on Avenida 30, a little bit into town. It’s primarily known as a good casual Mexican restaurant, mainly serving up tacos and other local favorites each night.
They had a stroke of genius, though, when they created their Pizza al Pastor. Kind of a fusion twist on both the tacos al pastor, and also the “Hawaiian pizza” with pineapple that’s popular in Canada and the U.S.
The Pizza Pastor at Los Seras is topped with the delicious pork cooked on a vertical trompo, and diced pineapple, cilantro, and minced onion – just like their taco cousin. But with cheese!
(see our related post on ordering Tacos “like a local” for more on al pastor)
Los Seras. Be sure to try: Pizza al pastor
Finally, in case they’re reading this, I want to add one more in memoriam:
Fellini’s Pizza (R.I.P.)
Oh, rest in peace, you cool little hole in the wall, with awesome Detroit style pizza. I loved this place. Maybe it will reappear someday.
Cozumel Pizza Runners-Up:
I’ll be honest, I haven’t tried every pizza in town.
But some others? I don’t really need to try them – been there, done that. But in the service of creature comforts and familiarity, we do have these two in town:
Pizza Hut: Once, an old favorite – hits the spot sometimes, right? So if you like it, it’s here.)
Domino’s: No review needed, right? But, they have a handy app (awesome), right? And it’s another country! So, maybe your best call.