By Natalie Bovis · Photos by Stephanie Cameron
Reinvention uses the past to rethink the future, a shift from what was to what will be. After closing its doors in 2010, El Nido is once again welcoming guests, and my guess is that the nest will be overflowing. The eatery, tucked cozily into Tesuque village, has switched up both its cuisine and its ownership. Chef Enrique Guerrero, owner of Santa Fe’s ever-popular Bang Bite food truck, has perfected the art of shapeshifting. The former personal chef to the President of Mexico has worked with some of the biggest names on both US coasts, from Daniel Boulud to Thomas Keller. He and his handpicked staff are now resurrecting one of the state’s most iconic restaurants. Guerrero’s focus on simple, locally sourced farmhouse Italian cuisine is redolent of meals in nonna’s kitchen. Hand-painted frescos, multiple fireplaces, an alluring event space, and ample patio will draw loyal local patrons year-round. It is warm, familial, beautiful, and authentic. The wine and cocktail lists, curated by Michael Sebree and Chris Campbell and served from a stunning bar, are thoughtful and delicious. Longtime New Mexicans will rejoice when recognizing a nostalgic venue, re-envisioned as an incubator for conviviality and a great meal. Watch our video, Digging In, to see for yourselves, then book your reservation to bid benvenuto to El Nido!