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A Journey Into Paradise

Playa del Carmen goes Italian

30 July, 2013

Hello out there today. I want to tell everyone about my experience this weekend at this amazing Italian restaurant called Da Gigi. Since I have moved down to Mexico I have been dying to find a really good Italian restaurant to dine at. Growing up in New England and having the chance to frequently eat at the most amazing Italian restaurants in Providence,Boston,and New York,I have been spoiled with some of the best Italian food just short of being in Italy. 

This weekend I had friends of mine in town from the New York/New Jersey area. I will honestly admit that these guys are a lot more seasoned to great cuisine than I. My best friend Will Vanderveer successful entrepreneur,Dr. Miller who owns 3 Surgical Practices throughout New York,and Eric Zekiroski who runs a hedge fund on Wall Street came to visit me in the Caribbean for a business/pleasure trip. The first night in town the guys felt like Italian (who would have thought) and were very adamant about getting it. So I gave a friend of mine a call that has been raving about her parents' restaurant and has been dying to get me out there since I have known her.  She delightfully said she would make reservations and also accompany us to dinner so we can meet the owners. 

We arrived at Da Gigi around 10:00 p.m. – which is normal for dinner here considering the restaurants are open until 1:00am. Da Gigi is located in the North end of Playa del Carmen real estate towards the new Hotel Zone that is being built. The restaurant is directly on 5th and 38th Avenue. The building is dimly lit and presents a very warm and calming ambience to it. The décor is very unique and second to none. You can either sit inside or outside,and we chose outside because it was yet another beautiful night out in Playa del Carmen. When we arrived we were greeted by a beautiful bottle of Fontodi Chianti presented by the owner Gigi. 

They had an extensive and diverse menu with lots of wonderful dishes to choose from,a very well stocked wine cellar and impeccable service. When I go Italian,I prefer pasta and I can honestly say they had every type of pasta you could think of (which in fact is all made in house). The menu also consisted of a various array of seafood dishes and several different kinds steaks. We started with the bruschetta that was excellent. I went with the lobster ravioli for my main dish that exceeded my expectations. The guys all enjoyed their main courses as much as I did. 

Undoubtedly the best thing you will find there is the warm welcome of a very hospitable staff,which is loved by tourists and locals alike. Starting with Gigi the owner who is always there and who sooner or later will arrive at your table to meet you and ask if everything is alright,or "Johnny",the chef who will do likewise in order to get feedback on your culinary experience.  And the same may be said of the waiters and hostesses who firmly believe that success is achieved if you walk out of the restaurant with the desire to return as soon as possible and re-live what many think is the best culinary experience in the Mayan Riviera. 

Overall the experience was one that I will not forget. Between the delicious food and impeccable service I can say that I will be a loyal lifelong customer at Da Gigi. I encourage anyone visiting the Riviera Maya to come to Playa del Carmen and try this exquisite restaurant. I look forward to everyone’s “Thank You” emails.