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Taste of Italy in Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen might not lack ice cream joints but few offer real Italian gelato. Thankfully, there’s an outpost of Amorino two minutes from Thompson Playa del Carmen. This small, upscale chain is a favorite in Dubai, Paris, and (most importantly) across Italy.

Amorino pride themselves on sourcing from reputable suppliers and overseeing every aspect of the production process. More importantly, everything tastes really, really good. It also looks good! Combine as many flavors as you like (you read that right) to create a beautiful gelato rose. Top it with one of their ice-cream macarons for an inventively-named “macarose.”

Ingredients are seasonal, selected from the best designations of origins, and prepared according to strict Italian know-how. They offer traditional flavors (stracciatella, salted caramel) and slightly-more-adventurous ones: lime-basil, chocolate sorbet, late-season mandarin. Nothing outlandish, just classic good quality. And if you’re not hankering for an ice-cream, they also have delicious crepes.