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Posada Margherita is one of my favorite places to eat in Tulum. Not only because the meal sat so well with me that a few hours later I didn’t feel like I had a belly bomb, but because of the care and attention to detail.

Located at the beginning of Tulum Beach Road, on the beach side, Posada Margherita is a hidden (literally) gem that does not accept reservations. Get there early or on the later side of the day if you want to secure yourself a table on the beach. This is the spot to go if you’re in the mood for an exquisite Italian meal on the beach, just steps away from the Caribbean Sea, or for a fresh squeezed juice or gelato.

The laid back atmosphere, alla Italiana, adds to it’s charm. Getting to the Tulum beach restaurant is an experience in and of itself. You have to whiz in and out of a small alley decorated with Italian terracotta pots, old vintage kitchen ranges, green rooms, plants and quirky details here and there that start to transport you to Italy. The final journey opens up to a white washed wooden restaurant sitting on Tulum Beach. There are multiple places were you can dine. Either on the sand or under the pergola of their wooden structures. We chose the latter.

A taste of any food from Posada Margherita transports you to Italy (a tropical version). The recipes on the menu are passed down from their grandmother who was from Genova. You’ll be able to taste the tradition from your first bite into the focaccia made fresh daily in house and served as an appetizer. Patrick ordered the pizza, which reminded him of the pizza you can only eat in Italy. The pizza dough and the oven itself were created by true Italian craftsmen to bring the taste of Italy to Tulum. They kept everything into account from the humidity in Tulum that would impact the flavor and production to the actual antique recipe.

I ordered the pasta with gamberi and zucchine, or shrimps and zucchini. The pasta is made from scratch and cooked for you personally the moment you order. The flavor of that handmade pasta was mouth-watering…I can still remember it now as I write this. And the fresh fish and local vegetables are what made the meal even better. I would’ve changed absolutely nothing and would go back just to order that exact same dish all over again. Only once have I eaten a pasta similar to this that was embedded in my mind and that was in Stari Grad, Hvar Croatia at Antika. Made with sustainable local ingredients including seafood from local fishermen and organic vegetables grown in the Yucatan Peninsula, this is a must stop on your Tulum food itinerary.

Hours: 7:30 – 11:30AM; 12 – 10PM (No reservations accepted)
Price: $16 – $24 for pasta, $12 for pizza, $6 for juices (Cash only)
Must-Try: Fresh hand-made pasta or pizza.

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