It's all about the CHEESE!
El Cotija restaurants are named after the small town of Cotija located in Michoacán, a Mexican state with a population of 18,207. Known for its cheese, Cotija cheese put the name of Cotija on the world map. This quiet, sleepy town is also the birth place of many religious figures to include Saint Rafael Guízar Valencia and Father Marcial Maciel. Its peaceful streets lead to the center of town where a church of astonishing beauty awaits.
A short walk to the many surrounding hills offers breath-taking views of the city with its narrow streets and red-tile roofs topped off with its imposing church. For a minute, one may think that one is watching a piccolo villaggio in Tuscany, Italy. People of Cotija are men and women of deep religious faith, which has been manifested in various pious traditions and in the flowering of priestly and religious vocations. Six bishops have been born and raised in this small town.