Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, México.
Although best known for his rich pastas and delicious Italian-style specialty dishes, Alcaravea Gourmet owner and chef Enrique Diaz Gerard has created a menu filled with a variety of Mediterranean accents and ingredients that range from Greek dressings to Black Forest ham.
Popular starters at the romantic downtown bistro include freshly baked bread and the irresistible bowls of Alcaravea Mushrooms that are sautéed in olive oil, marsala, and white wine sauce, then spiced with sage, basil, and fresh oregano, and ornamented with thick shavings of Parmesan cheese. Salad options can be anything but traditional: Witness the Mar y Tierra (“Sea and Land”) carpaccio, which features an exquisite trio of thin strips of salmon, beef, and the catch of the day, topped with Greek dressing and Parmesan. For the main course, try the Mediterranean-style catch of the day, which is baked with sundried tomatoes and accompanied by pesto and Parmesan on a mirror of Gorgonzola sauce; or Roman saltimbocca, veal scaloppini with prosciutto and sage in a white wine sauce.
Pastas are included with every entrée, and pairing options are available—by the glass or bottle—from an internationally representative wine list. Daily lunch specials provide the most affordable fine dining deals in Cabo San Lucas, and the air-conditioned dining area is an eagerly sought sanctuary during hot summer months. Calle Ignacio Zaragoza and 16 de Septiembre, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 143-3730. Mon.–Sat. noon–11 p.m. All major credit cards and vouchers accepted.