Familiar Faces Open New Restaurant & Cantina

It takes cojones to open a new restaurant in a pandemic.

But the Osorio family has faced adversity before. They persevered for years as owners of Villa del Sol on Elm Street, serving excellent food (and legendary frozen margaritas), even as construction of nearby Bedford Square made access (and ambience) difficult.

Last night they opened the doors to their new venture. Mexica (pronounced “ma-shee-ca”) replaces another Mexican restaurant, Señor Salsa, on Post Road West at South Sylvan. (It was, for years before that, the site of the popular Connolly’s steakhouse.)

The Osorio family, at Mexica.

Mexica Kitchen & Cantina is a tribute to the Osarios’ patriarch, Joe. He started Villa del Sol around 1998.

The menu is similar: traditional Mexican dishes with a twist, plus new items highlighting true Mexican food and culture. Like Villa del Sol, it is colorful, clean and fun. Of course tables are socially spaced, indoors and out. Takeout and curbside service are available.

Mexica restaurant. (Photos/Chip Stephens)

The distance from Elm Street to Post Road West is short. But the Osorios have traveled a long road of building issues, permits — and of course a pandemic — dating back to their previous restaurant.

Now Jennifer, Colleen and their family are back in business. They look forward to seeing old friends, and making new ones. Bienvenido, Mexica!

(Mexica’s phone number is 203-349-5392. Hat tip: Chip Stephens)

19 responses to “Familiar Faces Open New Restaurant & Cantina

  1. Would love to support this family. Please advise a phone number so we can call in an order. Just tried googling and they are not listed yet.
    Thank you, Dan

  2. I’m so excited to see the Osorio family back in business. We’ve missed them. My friend in New Jersey would come visit and it was required that we have lunch at Villa del Sol. She too will be happy to hear the news.

  3. I stopped by and picked up a take out menu when driving by – it looks great.

  4. Good Luck to a great Westport Family!

  5. Larry Perlstein

    This is great news. I’ve been craving Mexican and I’ve missed Villa Del Sol. I hope the community steps up to support this family!

  6. We have been looking forward to their return since they closed Elm Street–the best!

  7. When we came to Connecticut 7 years ago from Southern California this was the first Mexican food restaurant that served what we felt was our favorite taste in Mexican food and we went to Villa del Sol many times. We were sad when it had to close but so happy to hear Mexica is open now and we can enjoy their great Mexican specialties!

  8. Welcome Back!!!

  9. Best wishes to this hard working family and excited to have a great Mexican restaurant on our side of the Post Rd. Craving a Marguerita!

  10. Welcome Back! The whole family is ooking forward to their great food again

  11. I AM THRILLED THEY ARE BACK. VILLA DEL SOL WAS MY FAVORITE GO-TO RESTAURANT. MY FRIENDS CALL ME “SRTA MARGARITA” !!! AND BOY CAN THEY MAKE THEM. WELCOME BACK. BUENA SUERTA. SEE YOU SOON [I HOPE]

  12. Upside to these strange disease days
    TAKE OUT FROZEN MARGARITAS

  13. This is great news! Welcome back!!!!

  14. I have been waiting patiently as I live within walking distance of this new location…did a take out order the first night they opened as I was soooooo excited (as is my family!) Have missed their fajitas and they did not disappoint! can’t wait to enjoy indoor dining there as they have done a wonderful job of outfitting the new space! Best of luck to this wonderful family! Joe was a great guy and is missed

  15. The Grimmers family

    So excited to hear. Cannot wait to try it out. Best of luck to you all. See you soon!

  16. YES!!! This is great news! Can’t wait ….. Best of luck to you all!
    and Feliz navidad y próspero año nuevo!!!!

  17. Is there a menu online?

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