Fusion food in Santa Cruz is not as uncommon as you think, but honestly most of it is really California cuisine with a touch of inspiration from something Asian. Hardly do you see two different cuisines mashed up together. When my dad suggested going to MexItalian for lunch both my mom and I cringed, I think we were picturing something like spaghetti topped with enchilada sauce.
We got there at around one in the afternoon, the place wasn’t packed, but we did see people enjoying their meals, so we decided to sit outside and see what awaited us. The food was not what I expected, the menu sounded like something I would cook at home, but at the same time nothing was really calling my name. Finally I decided on a Caesar salad and added shrimp to it, the salad without shrimp was $5.00 adding the shrimp it came to around $9.00. My parents who share everything decided on two of the lunch specials, one was a salad with tuna and the second was polenta tamales. We didn’t have to wait too long before our food came, my salad looked just like I thought it would, the salad with tuna looked more like a crudité with some canned tuna placed on top, the tamales looked good, but with no sides.
I really did enjoy my salad it was light, the dressing wasn’t so creamy as I have had in the past, I could tell it was freshly made, nice fresh crisp romaine lettuce and the shrimp were simply cooked, but very enjoyable. My mom wasn’t very pleased with the tuna salad, she felt like it was too pricey for what they served and seemed more like an appetizer, the tuna was canned and imported from Italy, best canned tuna I’ve had though. The polenta tamales I enjoyed, but realized afterward they were $12.oo and not very large, plus no sides, so even though flavorful not worth the price.
The service wasn’t horrible, you could tel our waitress didn’t have much experience, but she tried her best. I’d go back for lunch again, I feel like dinner might be to expensive and disappointing due to service and ambiance.