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Have a Baja Moment! Caffe Milano Brings a Taste of Italy to Downtown La Paz

Have a Baja Moment! Caffe Milano Brings a Taste of Italy to Downtown La Paz

The La Paz dining scene has seen significant growth in recent years. Nowadays, in addition to the standard array of seafood and traditional Mexican restaurants, residents and visitors to Baja Sur’s capital are able to choose from a variety of internationally representative culinary options. Caffe Milano is one of the brightest lights in the the city’s new look dining scene, and this charming establishment dishes up generous helpings of authentic Italian cuisine.

Set in downtown La Paz, Caffe Milano boasts a warm and colorful atmosphere.

Set in downtown La Paz, Caffe Milano boasts a warm and colorful atmosphere.

The restaurant is conveniently located downtown in a restored house on Esquerro Street, just off the city’s bustling Malecon. From the sky blue door to the colorful tile floors and high vaulted ceilings, Caffe Milano offers an aesthetically pleasing fine dining setting. The Italian-style eatery is open every day but Sunday, and reservations are definitely recommended.

 

Daily restaurant operations are overseen by owners Michele Milano, who is originally from Italy, and his wife Lei Tam, also known as Caffe Milano’s chef. The two have created a delicious Italian-based menu that showcases homemade breads and pastas, as well as tasty sauces, polentas, risottos and organic salads. My personal favorite is their incredible Gnocchi with red wine oxtail ragout.
 Lei Tam, Caffe Milano's talented chef.

Lei Tam, Caffe Milano’s talented chef.

Chef Tam is always searching for the freshest local ingredients, and the restaurant’s proximity of the Sea of Cortez ensures an abundance of delicious seafood. The restaurant also prides itself on its Mexican accents, evident in the superb Fileto de Ricciola, a generous yellowtail filet topped with eggplant jalapeno sauce, as well as the Mexican Huitlacoche, made with black risotto and tender octopus.
Caffe Milano's specialties include homemade pastas and fresh local seafood.

Caffe Milano’s specialties include homemade pastas and fresh local seafood.

But don’t just settle for what you see on the menu. Chef Tam’s exciting and creative specials have proved quite popular, and visitors to the restaurant can watch her and the well-trained kitchen staff as they prepare each dish.
All salads at Caffe Milano are made with fresh, organic ingredients.

All salads at Caffe Milano are made with fresh, organic ingredients.

Caffe Milano also benefits from attentive, knowledgeable, and experienced waitstaff, and the restaurant’s front-of-house team provides consistently accurate information about food preparation, as well as excellent wine pairing advice.

 

This combination of great service, delicious food, and a welcoming ambiance has helped to distinguish Caffe Milano as one of the signature restaurants in downtown La Paz, and it’s certainly the perfect place to enjoy generous portions of authentic Italian cuisine.

 

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About Kennia Thackaberry

Kennia Thackaberry was born and raised in the quiet city of La Paz. Her love for Baja started at a young age and grew deeper after exploring the peninsula with her family on many camping and hiking trips. Through her work as a freelance writer she shares her knowledge and passion for the beautiful place she calls home.

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