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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Mezzaluna Ristorante

Oaxaca, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

Oaxaca, Mexico is known for the variety of quality restaurants and food selections. We stumbled upon Mezzaluna Italian Ristorante on one of our walks through the streets of the city, and decided to take advantage of their daily lunch special.

Mezzaluna Restorante (Crescent Restaurant)

Mezzaluna is known for its wood fired, thin crust pizzas. Real mozzarella is used instead of imitation and the word on the street is that it's the best pizza in town.

If pizza is not your thing, the menu also offers pastas, chicken and meat dishes too.  

Menu of the day


This was a great deal.

For 120Pesos, or about $6.50US at the time, the daily menu gives you a glass of wine or a beer, Aztec soup, a fresh salad, your choice of ribs in green sauce or a country plate, and a cup of terrific mountain grown, Oaxacan coffee.

We were captivated and eagerly went inside.

Our waiter, our table, our view of the street

Both of us ordered the daily special with the pork ribs, and our waiter arrived promptly with our glass of red wine.

As we enjoyed our meal, we were able to people watch and delight in the action on the street.

Aztec soup

Beautifully presented and delicious in flavor, we slurped on our Aztec soup with mild cheese, slice of avocado, a piece of chicharone and fresh corn chips.

Fresh garden salad

The salad consisted of a variety of lettuces and greens, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers. Dressing was a mild but delectable vinaigrette. 

Main course

Pork ribs in a sea of salsa verde (not too spicy) with a squash blossom flower in a rolled leek was our main course.

The chef has an artistic eye.

Our bill


Everything in our meal was included and for $13USD plus tip for the two of us, we had such a tasty lunch.

Mezzaluna is a corner restaurant

The downstairs restaurant was breezy and comfortable. Seating for about 15 customers is available here, but what is a favorite with Mezzaluna's clientele is their rooftop deck.

 From here you have a full 360 degree view of the street below and all of the activity. Watch the sun set and the moon rise here while eating a delicious meal.

If you visit Oaxaca city, most certainly make a stop and have a cocktail, glass of wine and enjoy a plate of Italian delight.

Mezzaluna Italian Restorante

Calle Ignacio Allende No.113, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico Phone: +52 951 516 8195 Hours: Open daily 1PM–12AM

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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