On the south end of Playa Del Carmen there has been a little Italian restaurant that is winning the hearts and stomachs of value conscience people. The name is Primer Plato. This restaurant is bringing good Italian food to Playa Del Carmen with a budget price. This is a must go place! Here is why….
Primer Plato Restaurant
The restaurant is not in a place you think there would be an Italian pasta place. It is not even in the “Little Italy” of Playa Del Carmen. This restaurant is below Juarez Avenue on 15th Avenue.
Rents are hard to work with in Playa Del Carmen and even harder to serve reasonably priced food, so this out of the way location affords them more flexibility. The restaurant/café is small and just has counter seating with stools. Primer Plato Restaurant makes for a great lunch spot. Take out is also available but you might not want to wait that long to dive into your dish!
Handmade pasta to order!
The food is a fresh made and we love the fact they roll out the semolina dough for the pasta, then cut it and right into the pot it goes, fresh for your dish. This is not a full on high cuisine Italian restaurant but rather café with very good value. We do have to say though, the plates taste better than many restaurants in Italy. Compared with Italian restaurants locally, this restaurant could triple the prices and still be considered aa good value. The taste is superb!
Our 60 second video to show you how wonderful this place is!
The people behind Primer Plato Restaurant
The people are super nice and friendly and you can tell they have a passion for food. A husband and wife team run this restaurant with just one employee. Just look at the photo below!
Menu at Primer Plato
On the menu here you can find raviolis, gnocchi, spaghetti and lasagna. Prices are very reasonable and being hand made Italian food makes it really rather a good deal. Spaghettis are 60-80 pesos, raviolis are 80-100 pesos, lasagna 80-100 pesos gnocchi 80 pesos. They have desserts like tiramisu. Drinks are very reasonably priced also. Make sure you come early as some of the items will be sold out later in the day.
Tip: The lower price menu items are good but for another 20 pesos or more your meal can be 3 times as good. It pays to go for the more expensive menu items. Go ahead and treat yourself!
Portion size is nice, just see photos below.
Fore more great restaurant ideas be sure to check out our Restaurant Guide to Playa Del Carmen here.
Hours at Primer Plato
This is the hours for now, since they are new this might change. Open Monday-Saturday. 9:00am-6:30 pm-ish. Closed Sundays.
Where is Primer Plato Restaurant?
Primer Plato is located on 15th Avenue between Juarez Avenue and Calle 1 sur. It is on the west side of the street in the middle of the block. It is a one story white building.
Have you been to Primer Plato Restaurant? What did you think? Let us know in the comment box below.