italian foodRuidoso may be known for its steakhouses and Tex-Mex, but additional kinds of cuisine including Italian food are certainly here for your enjoyment. There are several pizza options in town, as well as a couple of places to satisfy your craving for Italian food. Buon appetito!



italian foodCafé Rio
Pizza joints come, and pizza joints go. Some are good, some not-so-much. And then there’s Cafe Rio. Arguably the best pizza in Lincoln County, this joint has earned it chops over the years and any doubters need only witness the throngs of fans waiting to get in the door. What you won’t find? Adult beverages, delivery service, or the ability to pay with a credit card. What you will find? Excellent pizza pies, salads, soups, and desserts, a laid-back atmosphere, quirky staff members, and an ATM machine. Call ahead for pick-up!
2547 Sudderth Dr.
Hours: Thursday-Tuesday 11:30-8pm, Closed Wednesdays

Michael J’sitalian food
Throughout the years, fine dining establishments in Ruidoso have been met with challenges. Established in 2013 and steadily gaining popularity each year among locals and seasonal visitors alike, however, Michael J’s has made its mark and is here to stay. Expect excellent service, top-quality ingredients, consistently good food, an excellent wine list, and a cozy atmosphere. Outdoor seating available on two separate patios… reservations recommended. (Sorry, no pizza!)
601 Mechem Dr.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-9pm, Closed Sundays & Mondays

Domino’s Pizza
One of two pizza delivery options in Ruidoso. 
1717 Sudderth Dr.
Hours: Saturday-Thursday 10am-12am, Fridays 10am-1am

italian foodVinny and Val’s Italian Restaurant 
Vinny and Val’s opened its doors in 2016 and added a beer and wine menu a few months later. Formerly Michelena’s, V&V’s offers standard Italian fare in a kitschy Italian setting (Billy Joel’s classic song, “Italian Restaurant,” comes to mind). Best bet: the pizza, with a crust that is packed with herbs and spices.
2703 Sudderth Dr.
Hours:  Call for hours.

Pizza Hut
One of two pizza delivery options in Ruidoso.
725 Sudderth Dr.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-12am