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Romina

Mexico City, Roma Norte

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Overall Rating

  • Ambience 90%
  • Service 100%
  • Food (Execution) 90%
  • Creativity 80%
  • Value 100%

Details for Location Reviewed
Romina

Locale: Mexico City, Roma Norte
Address: Homero 716

Telephone: +52 55 4432 4432
Restaurant Type: Upscale Casual
Cuisine: Eclectic Gourmet, Italian
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$$ Menu items offered: Coffee, Desserts, Espresso, Grilled Steaks, Pasta, Salads, Seafood, Soups
Hours: Mon-Sat: 1:30pm to 12am Sun: 1:30pm to 10pm

Restaurant Details
Romina

Locale: Mexico City, Roma Norte
Address: Homero 716

Telephone: +52 55 4432 4432
Restaurant Type: Upscale Casual
Cuisine: Eclectic Gourmet, Italian
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$$ Menu items offered: Coffee, Desserts, Espresso, Grilled Steaks, Pasta, Salads, Seafood, Soups
Hours: Mon-Sat: 1:30pm to 12am Sun: 1:30pm to 10pm

Summary of Review

I’m not sure I can even say I’ve really ever had great Italian food. Perhaps until tonight. I wasn’t in Brooklyn, New York. Nor in Milan. Oddly enough, the best Italian food I’ve had in my rather storied life is in Mexico City.

Summary of Review

I’m not sure I can even say I’ve really ever had great Italian food. Perhaps until tonight. I wasn’t in Brooklyn, New York. Nor in Milan. Oddly enough, the best Italian food I’ve had in my rather storied life is in Mexico City.

Restaurant Review for Romina

 

Review by: Ollie O
Rating: 4.6 stars
Review Date: 09/07/2016

I don’t much like Italian food. Let me rephrase that. I love Italian food. I’ve just never had any. Until this week. There are a lot of residents in Buenos Aires that claim to be of Italian descent. And a lot of places that claim to serve Italian food. But anyone from Italy that visits the place will testify tell you, “sciocchezze! ” (roughly translated that means “Hogwash!”)

And although there are dozens of world class restaurants back in the USA. I think it fair to say there aren’t many authentic Italian restaurants.

I’m not sure I can even say I’ve really ever had great Italian food. Perhaps until tonight. I wasn’t in Brooklyn, New York. Nor in Milan. Oddly enough, the best Italian food I’ve had in my rather storied life is in Mexico City.

I really can’t say enough good things about Romina.

Italian cuisine is beautiful because of its simplicity. A few remarkably fantastic ingredients, just barely manipulated to create incomparably delicious food. Great Italian cooking doesn’t rely on the talents of the cook. It relies on the beauty and quality of the ingredients.

And so it is with the beauty of Romina and the food you’ll enjoy there.

I arrived in a taxi. But there was a valet there to open the door. I was promptly greeted at the door by Allen (who is not Italian, by the way), who gave me the option of sitting at either of two available 2-tops. I chose one strategically placed to allow a view of the entire room. There are no gaudy green and red flags or any other element in the décor that would clue you in that the restaurant serves Italian food save one discrete monochrome mural of a woman setting a plate of pasta on the table.

The décor is just classy enough to give the single small room that is Romina a feel of sophistication. Yet warm and comfortable. Not the least bit stuffy. It’s part fine dining. Part trattoria. It’s perfect.

Sometimes, the patrons sitting around you in the restaurant tell you more about the place than the décor. And everyone in this restaurant was sophisticated, and dressed that way. I don’t usually take a picture of diners in a restaurant, but this group epitomized the classiness of the venue. So asked if them if they would star in my slideshow. They graciously complied. Thanks guys.

The waiter, completely clad in black with a black apron, provided flawless service throughout the evening and was informative, answered every question I had, including those about the origin of the ingredients.

The menu was simple yet varied enough to provide an option for almost anyone. Three for four cold appetizers. Three warm appetizers. About half a dozen pasta dishes. Four risottos. And three or four meat and fish dishes.

Let’s cut to the chase. I ordered the octopus, lightly dusted in paprika, grilled, and accompanied by a small potato mash and some arugula. A masterpiece. So simple. So unadorned. Yet so delicious. That octopus didn’t need anything more to make it shine. The sign of good cook is one that does as little as possible to bring out the best in the ingredients. And that’s exactly what the cooks did with this appetizer. I had a camera malfunction and as result, I don’t have a photo of the appetizer. Easy fix. I’ll return next week and order it again. Another photo opportunity.

Why not see what kind of magic the guys in the kitchen can work with something as lowly and mundane as a chicken breast? Another example of brilliance in the kitchen. This breast had been slightly stuffed with ricotta cheese and herbs, roasted with herbs until perfectly cooked. Juicy and full of flavor. The skin just slightly crisp and covered in fresh bits of herbs. Sitting in the cooking broth. It was one of the simplest, yet most delicious preparations of roasted chicken I’ve ever tasted. Accompanied by a stuffed, roasted tomato and perfectly cooked French fries. Something so simple yet so delicious is a piece of art.

For dessert, I naturally ordered the Italian classic, tiramisu. It was good. But not quite up to the standard of the two savory dishes. The lady fingers were at the bottom of the dish rather than layered as is typical. And the cream on top had the texture of whipped cream rather than the thicker, velvety filling of mascarpone cheese and custard that is served in the traditional dessert. It was good, but not the best rendition I’ve had.

So would a restaurant that is so classy and serves such delicious food with flawless service be expensive. Surprisingly, this was one of the most reasonably priced restaurants we’ve been to in Mexico City. Appetizers around US$7 to $8, pasta dishes around US$9 and the beef, chicken and fish plates around US$10 to $12. An outstanding value.

All of this adds up to ridiculously high marks on our rating scale. For some reason, Italian food restaurants don’t get the respect they deserve in the culinary world. Not so at ComaBeba. This is easily one of the top restaurants in Mexico City. Perhaps in the top 5. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience Romina.

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