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Destination: Santa Teresa, Mal Pais

It always work in your favor when the cook at a restaurant designs the menu based on what he or she loves, and that's exactly what Mattia Scardoni did with Amici.

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A native of Verona, the hometown of Romeo and Juliet, Mattia gifted Santa Teresa with a romantic Italian menu of pizza, pasta and seafood that makes you fall in love.

Loosen your lips to a mojito, $6, or margarita, $6, poured in a wine glass brimmed with sea salt. Dive into a relationship with an appetizer of fish tartare, $12, diced avocado, red onion, tomatoes, cucumber, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, served with sourdough toasts. Deepen the adoration on a pizza Diavola, $14, tomato, fresh mozzarella, spicy salami and sweet-chewy crust from the wood-fired oven.  

Sink softly into desire for jumbo shrimp pasta, $16, finished in a spicy shrimp bisque reduction with capers, or opt for the obsessive beauty of a grilled whole red snapper, $16, served with roasted potatoes and baked cabbage salad.

Lastly, commit your whole heart to Panna Cotta for dessert, $8, and leave satisfied with your one-night affair with Amici.


On a corner lot propped by a stone-retaining wall, 150 feet inland from Playa Carmen, Amici's slotted front railing encapsulates the restaurant's swanky tile floor interior. On clear evenings, you can sit out back in the gardens and watch the stars for the ultimate romantic food experience.


It's love at first sight when Mattia pulls that fresh steaming pizza from the oven and hands it over to the server to send your way.


Appetizers $8-$12; Entrees $14-$18; Pizzas $11-$15; Drinks $3-$10


5 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.

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