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From top: Treat yourself to Alcaravea’s filet mignon in marsala sauce; the dining room at Alcaravea features distinctly European decor. Los Cabos Magazine | Summer 2016 65 Miguel ventura (2) the snow-white linens and napkins of a traditional Italian bistro offset by paintings showcasing the vibrant color palette of regional artists; the piquant aroma of olive oil, herbs, and spices; the texture of thickly shaved Parmesan; the taste of creamy carbonara or alfredo sauce; the soulful sound of Édith Piaf, affirming that she regrets nothing. The experience itself is like a work of art, right down to al boundaries: a 14-ounce rib eye grilled with a hint of garlic, grilled beef medallions with Roquefort, filet mignon in marsala sauce. Mexican influences also abound, as one would expect from a México City-born chef and his Mexican kitchen and wait staff. Wines from Baja California’s Valle de Guadalupe— the region that produces close to 90 percent of the country’s table wines—are prominently displayed on the wine list, and the walls are lined with evocative Mexican artwork from Arte de Origen, a local company that specializes in Mexican cultural representations in a variety of mediums. Warm service is a particular Mexican specialty, however, and Alcaravea Gourmet honors that tradition. The restaurant boasts one of the finest wait staffs in Los Cabos; staffers are knowledgeable and offer detail-oriented service. Chef Díaz exercises a consistent diligence regarding the quality of the food and service, seeking out the finest locally sourced organic ingredients to ensure the former and holding frequent training sessions to maintain the latter. Dinner at Alcaravea Gourmet has become a symphony for the senses: the choreographed movements of the experienced staff, serving up course after delicious course at exquisitely timed intervals. The wine list spans the globe, with premium selections by the glass or bottle from Italy, France, the United States, México, Chile, and Argentina. Ultimately, Mediterranean may be too limiting a term to encapsulate Alcaravea Gourmet’s cosmopolitan charms. The important thing is not the inclusion of so many disparate elements, but rather that they all work, and do so in such a pleasing, harmonious fashion. Alcaravea Gourmet offers an intimate, romantic atmosphere, and a rich array of generously apportioned dishes. And at some point during your hearty repast, Díaz will appear in his trademark toque and starched white jacket to greet you personally, and ensure you’re completely satisfied with your dining experience. Because that’s the standard at the best restaurants. The difference at Alcaravea Gourmet is that it’s also a bargain. That’s why the locals keep coming back. And it’s why they keep telling tourists that they should try it, too. Y D I N I N G


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