Courtesy of Sud 777
Cristina Alonso
November 18, 2014

There’s an age-old saying in Mexico: El amor entra por el estómago. The meaning: “love enters through the stomach.” In a country with so much amazing cuisine, it only makes sense that so many of us think that a great plate of mole is a sure way to win the heart of your beloved. And let’s face it: old wives’ tales notwithstanding, we all know that a great meal can equal a great date—whether it’s with that cute guy you just met or with your wife of 20 years.

Suitable spots for romance in Mexico City can be as varied and eclectic as the city itself. Intimate dining spots here run the gamut from classic, low-lit Italian joints to traditional Mexican eateries offering gorgeous water views, to sexy, chic haunts where the kitchens are helmed by celebrity chefs of the moment. There is truly something out there for everyone... just like when it comes to love.

El Lago

Right in the heart of the Chapultepec forest, this beloved restaurant serves contemporary Mexican specialties like chicharrón lasagna and ibérico-and-chile-serrano croquetas, as well as delicious breakfasts. But the biggest treat is the setting: soaring ceilings and views of the Chapultepec Lake, plus an illuminated fountain at night.

Romina

Cozy and intimate, this Italian eatery in Polanco makes for a picture-perfect date night. Choose from artisanal pastas, fresh seafood or game (including venison and wild boar), and a remarkable wine list focused on Italian varietals and limited-edition labels. If it’s warm outside, ask to be seated in the terrace. 

Casa Virginia

Named for the old lady who lived above her gourmet shop, Delirio, this Colonia Roma restaurant was developed by chef Mónica Patiño (she runs it alongside her daughter, Micaela Miguel). The high-ceilinged house makes for a trendy-yet-cozy setting, perfect for sharing ratatouille, steak and homemade foie gras au torchon with your loved one.  

Sud 777

The gorgeous décor at this Pedregal spot—lots of plants, low lighting, fancy wallpaper—is almost as impressive as the dishes emerging from the kitchen. Celebrated chef Edgar Nuñez’s artichokes with burrata and peas, duck carnitas, and fig-and-goat cheese ice cream are among the creations that have earned him raves—and make for a memorable night. 

Cantinetta del Becco

Classic Italian cuisine gets a modern twist at this Santa Fe restaurant, where you can feast on homemade pastas like burrata-stuffed ravioli with shaved truffle and spaghetti alla chitarra with tomato and sautéed lobster. You can toast your date with one of 750 Italian wines—and even take a bottle home from the just-unveiled wine shop.

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