It might seem like Italian restaurants outnumber Mexican in Tulum; there’s no shortage of fair to good pizza and pasta parlors. This beachside favorite is the real deal, however. The pasta is prepared fresh daily, as are the sauces, and the chef manages to get the absolute finest ingredients. Your taste buds will tingle the minute you start nibbling from the antipasto platter and remain happy though platters of lobster or shrimp pasta, snapper poached in saltwater, even the simplest primavera with fresh tomatoes and basil. The mojitos are darn good as well, and there’s a fine wine list. The setting couldn’t be better, beside Tulum’s famed powdery white sand and crystal blue water. Go for dinner before sunset, as the lighting is low.

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