I visited this restaurant soon after it first opened in 1997. I was greatly impressed by the handmade salt-and-pepper shakers and the stoneware serving dishes, all specially made in Mexico City. Plus, this restaurant has one of the most romantic views of the ocean and beach that I have seen in the Cancun area. A large window overlooks the beach and the ocean, giving the diner, depending upon the time of day, a chance to watch lovers stroll the beach, children playing in the sand, or watch the lights of the ocean liners (at night) as they await the return of their passengers. Personally, I believe that the most romantic time is the early evening. Usually, one only needs to ask to be seated with a window view. On the walls opposite the windows is a wonderful mural of an Italian seaside community. The mural is based upon the scene of a famous Italian city, though I have forgotten the name of the city. When I am not watching the beach or ocean or my companion, I can easily become absorbed in the mural and its details.
One of the great things about U´Mediterraneo is that the owner and the waiters all immigrated from Italy. Most have many years of experience in restaurants and on luxury ocean liners. This only supplements the authentic cuisine of a seaside Italian city. For these reasons, you will have great food and terrific service when you visit here.
Speaking of food, traditional pastas, soups, rice dishes, and seafood make this one of the most wonderful dining experiences that you will find anywhere. I know that the restaurant is located in Mexico (and I try to eat only in places that serve the local cuisine), but the food is so delicious at U´Mediterraneo that it is difficult to omit a visit from one’s dining plans. I have returned to U´Mediterraneo on two subsequent visits to Cancun, and plan to return again this summer.
by Coach Bear
April 15, 2003
From journal Cancun: City of Sun, Fun, and Romance