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Posada Margherita

In preparation for our to Tulum, I did some rigorous research on the best restaurants there.  And by “rigorous” I mean that I typed “best Tulum restaurants” in a Google search box.  There were three that were on everyone’s lists so we made it our mission to go to them – Hartwood, El Camello Jr, and Posada Margherita.

PM sign

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I was a little surprised to see an Italian restaurant make it on the list.  Outside of Italy, the best Italian restaurants I’ve been to were in New York and Chicago.   I’m sure San Francisco and Boston have a few decent ones as with other major cities.  But a quaint beach town in Mexico?  Not only was it decent, it may have been one of the best Italian meals I’ve ever had. No joke.  We went there twice.

PM room

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Posada Margherita is both a restaurant and a small boutique hotel owned by Alessandro, a tattooed surfer from Venice – that’s Italy, not the California beach.  He’s constantly patrolling the restaurant telling people what to eat and how to eat it. He was jovial with us, but one of the articles I read mentioned that he’s known locally as “The Pasta Nazi.”

PM cocktail

Tamarind Spicy – Tequila, ancho chile liqueur, tamarind, dark beer, orange and lime drops

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It’s generally accepted that, when you sit down to a meal at a restaurant, you’ll get some bread.  For me, I don’t even think about it unless it’s either really bad or really good.  Even then, I’ll either keep eating or just push it aside.  This focaccia stopped me dead in my tracks.

PM bread

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I couldn’t believe what I was tasting.  Airy, crisp, full of flavor.  I literally couldn’t chew because I was afraid the movement of my jaw would momentarily disrupt the taste sensations.  And this was just the frickin BREAD!!  (And pickled cauliflower. I know, it’s a weird combo but that was amazing, too.)

PM Menus

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Alessandro explained to us that all of the pasta was made to order, which I took to mean that they had a giant pot of water boiling and they dropped the pasta into it.  I was wrong.   They actually mix the pasta ingredients from scratch and roll it out for each individual order.  I didn’t think that was possible because I thought it had to sit for a little bit.

The first time there, I ordered the “Al Pomodoro Fresco” which was just pasta with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and basil. I couldn’t believe something that simple could be that good.   Maybe it was that shock, but I completely neglected to take a picture of it.

So the second time I was there, I made sure to get a picture of the pasta with lobster.

PM lobster

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As delicious as this looked – and it was incredible – I’d have to say the simpler pasta was so much better.

Equally as simple were the grilled shrimp Boom Boom got for lunch.

PM shrimp

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Nothing fancy at all, just super fresh shrimp cooked perfectly.

By far the best thing on the menu was Aqua Pazza.

pm fish 2

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It’s fish with garlic, oil, tomatoes, and lemon. In this case it was snapper that was caught that morning. The fish is poached in seawater which gives it a melt-in-your-mouth creamy texture.  I’ve never had anything like it.

I’m trying to figure out how I can replicate this at home.  I know I’ll never get fish that fresh, but I think the seawater’s possible.  I have a saltwater aquarium so I have more than enough of the marine salt and can get the specific gravity to match the ocean’s.  They say you can’t eat the salt, but I’m assuming they mean that you can’t sprinkle it on french fries.   It’s meant to support live fish, so I’m sure it’ll support filleted fish.  What’s the worst that can happen?

What’s the best Italian meal you’ve had?

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9 comments on “Posada Margherita

  1. Tamara
    September 24, 2014

    Holy moly, that all looks amazing!

    There was a place called Ciao Ristorante in Dearborn that is, sadly, defunct. SO so good. Amazing bread and an asiago soup, plus fantastic pasta. Though I don’t think I’ve ever had pasta that was made-to-order from scratch. That sounds truly divine.

  2. A Famished Foodie
    September 24, 2014

    I am drooling. I am very anti-Italian-American food, but real Italian food is amazing. The best meal I had was during my first week in Rome- we went to a small town called Titignano and had a 13-course meal which featured asparagus risotto, tuna crostini, and surprisingly tender venison. My favorite part of the meal though was the wild boar pasta- so much flavor!

  3. Denise
    September 24, 2014

    That foccaccia looks so good, so airy, so crisp. I’m going to go and google now what I need to do to make mine look more like that.

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  5. tlynnec33
    July 4, 2015

    Anyone know how they pickle their cauliflower? I know, seems like a weird question because pickling is so simple but theirs is the best I have ever had. It seems lightly pickled (still a bit crunchy) without the severe acidic bite to it and every so slightly and delightfully seasoned. If anyone knows their technique please pass it on.

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