Playa del Carmen is a foodie’s heaven. You can find lots of options walking up and down the famous 5th Avenue. But there are lots of places tucked away that many people do not know about. Casa Sophia is one of those. Located off 5th Avenue, halfway down Airport Road between the highway and the entrance to Playacar, Casa Sophia can be found in Plaza Paseo Coba. There is an underground garage making parking easy. I was so happy to stumble across the new restaurant and wanted to share the experience.
When you enter, there is a great open air dining area that is spacious and inviting. There is indoor dining as well but I chose to eat outside this night with a few friends. We were welcomed kindly and brightly and seated at a nice table. It was a beautiful night. We were thrilled to be able to enjoy a nice dinner with wine under the stars and full moon. It was the ambiance we needed that night. Service was great from the moment we walked in. We felt we were the only ones there.
Their main claim to fame is their handmade pasta made by their chef and their pizza. On this moonlit night, I decided to try their ‘design-your-own pasta’ meal. You get to choose the pasta, filled or not, and the sauce from a long list of sauce options in the menu. I am not a good decision maker so that took a few minutes. But I was able to take my time deciding with a glass of their house red wine which was delicious and well priced.
Dinner took a bit longer than we anticipated but their bread plate with olive oil and balsamic vinegar was enough to hold off our hunger. The wine flowed and we continued to enjoy the atmosphere.
Once the food arrived, the food experience I had was well worth the wait. The three cheese pasta that I ordered was indescribable with words. I often order three cheese pasta in different restaurants but the freshness of this homemade pasta was experienced at my first bite. I shared a salad with a friend that was as fresh and delicious as my pasta. The pasta disappeared quickly and I forgot to leave room for dessert. I will have to visit on another day to try one of their many desserts that look like pieces of art.
The first Casa Sophia opened in 1952 in Genoa, Italy where Matteo’s grandmother (Matteo is the owner of Casa Sophia in Playa del Carmen) became well known for her traditional Italian cooking and homemade pasta. Matteo opened five additional stores in Italy that showcased his Nona’s secret recipes. Matteo and Luca, lifelong friends, came to Playa del Carmen on vacation in 2006 and were inspired to expand the business to Mexico. Casa Sophia, named after Luca’s first child, opened in 2011 where they share their passion for Italy in the Mexican Caribbean.
See other Riviera Maya restaurants in the Loco Gringo Directory that places restaurants on google maps.