About Calaveras


Experience authentic Mexican recipes carried down over generations...

...right in Rhode Island!


What does Calaveras mean?

A calavera [plural:calaveras] (Spanish -pronounced [kalaˈβeɾa] for "skull") is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to edible or decorative skulls made (usually by hand) from either sugar (called Alfeñiques) or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls' Day. Calavera can also refer to any artistic representations of skulls, such as the lithographs of José Guadalupe Posada. The most widely known calaveras are created with cane sugar and are decorated with items such as colored foil, icing, beads, and feathers. READ MORE



We're focused on the recipes, history, and artfulness of traditional Mexican cuisine, while building a welcoming space where locals can share friendship and food!

We love good food and we know you do too! That’s why we make it from scratch with the freshest ingredients!”
— Julio & Iliana



“They used to make that at their house [in Mexico] and sell it,” Iliana said of the pulled chicken, adding it’s a typical street food in Mexico City.

Julio is from Mexico City, although his family is originally from the western Mexican state of Jalisco. With a brother and sister and several other relatives still living in Mexico, Julio visits when he can to be inspired.

“Every time he goes [to Mexico] he gets some more inspiration,” added Iliana, who is from Bulgaria.

The family emphasis at Calaveras extends from the origins of the recipes to how the business operates daily. While Julio and Iliana run the business, Julio’s daughter Julianne helps out on the weekends and his brother also pitches in from time to time.

But the Mendozas aren’t newbies in the restaurant industry. The couple opened...   read full article