Inspector Pick (Outdoor seating): I find this a perfect spot to not only watch the pasta maker but to also the crowd of people strolling 5th Avenue.
The founders of this restaurant, the Amati family, are true ambassadors of Italian gastronomy intent on delivering passion-filled experiences with detailed service and gourmet cuisine. You can watch as the streetside pasta maker skillfully prepares fresh pasta from scratch. The menu includes four types of stuffed ravioli: sage, gorgonzola, spinach and artichokes. Several other pasta dishes are actually prepared tableside, including an exquisite pasta carbonara. If you are in the mood for risotto, then order it from this place with your choice of lobster or four cheeses. Inspired to have a more casual dinner? A solid bet is to opt for one of the many thin-crust pizzas with a host of toppings. Keep in mind that lunch at this restaurant begins at 2 p.m., not the typical noon hour. This corner restaurant, located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, has a thriving following, so make a dinner reservation to ensure prime seating.