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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Bigoli Restaurant

Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

After hanging around in Patzcuaro for a few days, we got to know where some of the international restaurants were located.

We were hankerin' for some Italian food, so off to Bigoli Restaurant we went!

The outside of Bigoli

The outside of Bigoli

Checkered tablecloths, blackboard menus of the current specials and an open door to a subtly lit restaurant inside Bigoli beckoned.

At the top of the blackboard on the right is Sopa Tarasca, which is like Sopa de Tortilla, except with a darker, richer broth. Invented in the 1960s by Don Rafa, a local chef employed by the Gran Hotel, it was an instant hit. Now it is served all over Patzcuaro.





Another temptation is the Salmon with Mango Sauce or Carpaccio of Salmon.

Inside Bigoli

Inside Bigoli

Even though there was outside seating, we chose to eat our meal indoors.

Soft lighting and red checkered tablecloths greeted us as we made our way to a table in the corner.

Bread and wine

Bread and wine

Soon a basket of warm bread with butter and a dipping sauce arrived at our table.


We ordered a red wine to go with our meal.

Penne a la Arrabiatta

Penne a la Arrabiatta

Billy ordered an Arrabiatta dish (less than $4.50US) known for its spicy red sauce.


I have spoiled Billy with my own rendition of this course, and honestly, nothing can compare with it.

I add sausage, crisp bacon, fresh tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and fresh red bells to mine. This is all tossed together with red chili (freshly ground) and cold pressed olive oil, topped with thick grated Parmesan cheese.

It might not be the "traditional" recipe, but it's a winner.

Alternatively, this classic Arrabiatta seemed a bit anemic in comparison. 

But, nonetheless, Billy enjoyed his meal.

Ensalada de Bigoli

Ensalada de Bigoli





The salad of the house is a pear, walnut, dried cranberry, goat cheese salad which I couldn't resist. It was served with their tasty house dressing.

I had a similar salad in Morelia at El Campanario rooftop restaurant that was hard to beat. But still, this salad was around $4.75USD, so one can't really complain.

Our bill

Our bill

Our wine was a little over $15 for the bottle which is very affordable as a restaurant purchase. The total before tip was just over $24USD.

I would try this restaurant again, maybe ordering one of there pizzas or perhaps the Salmon Carpaccio.

When in Patzcuaro, try:

Bigoli Restaurant

Portal de Hidalgo 73, Centro, 61600 Pátzcuaro, Michoacan

Open daily, breakfast, lunch and dinner

Tele: 01 434 342 6587

For more stories and photos of Mexico, click here

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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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