New Oaxaca Restaurant, Pitiona, Dazzles

Pitiona: Cocina de Autor has just arrived onto the Oaxaca dining scene like a shooting star ready to dazzle the most discerning fan. Shooting stars burn out, but I am going to wager that Pitiona will establish itself like a celestial planet around which foodies will gravitate.

I was walking down Calle 5 de Mayo recently and noticed this little gem tucked away in a narrow space across the street from the venerable and elegant Camino Real Hotel. Her front windows were thrown open and I could admire the winding staircase, resplendent bar, crisp white table cloths, tables set with polished wine glasses and flowers, and handmade pottery chargers waiting for the diners to arrive. I filed it away as ambience worth exploring to see if the food matched.

Later that night, we were inundated with a rain storm and our plans to walk several blocks to a favorite restaurant were put asunder. Now, Pitiona to the test, as the restaurant was located only a block from Las Bugambilias where we were staying.

It did not disappoint. Unfortunately, I was so busy admiring the tasteful minimalist decor and snacking on homemade organic blue corn tortillas and smokey salsa rojo that I forgot to take many photos. Or, maybe it was that near-perfect Margarita before the glass of excellent Mexican Cabernet Sauvignon. I was captivated by the food.

Grilled sea bass with fresh chard, yellow salsa, garnished with wafer of ginger flavored crystallized sugar

By high-end Oaxaca dining standards, the prices are comparable to others in this category — Casa Oaxaca, Los Danzantes and to some extent, La Biznaga.  Be prepared to spend $16-22 USD per entree, $8 USD for a good bottle of wine, $6 USD for a Margarita tradicional with fresh lime juice.  The young chefs in the small second floor kitchen beamed when we applauded their culinary efforts. Well worth the price if you are on vacation.

Handmade clay chargers & coasters add flair

Pitiona: Cocina de Autor, Calle 5 de Mayo #311, Centro Historico, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, phone 951 514 4707, website: www.pitiona.com

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6 Responses to New Oaxaca Restaurant, Pitiona, Dazzles

  1. Hi!

    What a wonderful post! I really liked what you shared, so much so that I shared it on my blog: http://www.mexfoodrecipes.com. I also blog about Mexican cuisine, so I hope you’ll take a moment to check it out!

    You can find me on twitter @mexfoodrecipes

  2. thanks for posting this, Norma! we’ll try it when we are there for Day of the Dead!

  3. Thank you Thank you Norma – you are our fearless culinary leader. So happy to hear of new delicious restaurant in Oaxaca. Can’t wait to get back there to try it out! Enjoy something delicious for me….

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