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“Fantastic food in a laid back restaurant”

PapaCharly Pasta Factory
Ranked #63 of 1,236 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Fantastic food in a laid back restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

Papa Charlie offers up some fantastic home made Argentinean- Italian cuisine.

If it's delicious and moreish you're looking for this is the place. The Portions are big enough to share and the bread is absolutely delicious.

Time to get off 5th Avenue and get to this place. They also do FREE home/ hotel delivery!!!!

  • Visited July 2012
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Orangevale, California
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67 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Just wonderful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

Our family loved everything about Util. We were warmly greeted by Papa Charly, the owner, and seated in the outdoor covered patio. Papa Charly is a very kind, funny man & we really enjoyed his humor. He took silly pictures of us (for fun, not to sell them to us) & cracked jokes all evening. The menu has a good selection of truly authentic, home made Italian dishes. Our family of 5 ordered 5 different dishes so we could share/sample a variety; spaghetti bolognese, lasagna, . Every single one was rich & delicious! And even though the service was fantastic & the dishes hand made & delicious, the price was very low!
If you're in Playa del Carmen, you HAVE to try this place. It is truly a gem not to be missed!

  • Visited June 2012
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Canada
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89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“BEST Lasagna/pasta Ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

This is a quaint, sand floor, plastic tables "hole in the wall" place owned by a couple and their son from Argentina. The wife does all the cooking. It is inexpensive and literally the BEST pasta/sauses and lasgana I have ever had. I would highly recommend it. It is a few blocks walk from 5th avenue in Playa Del Carmen. Seats - maybe 20 at most at a time.

  • Visited April 2012
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Hay River, Canada
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70 reviews
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“Sooooooo good!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2012

We went here on the recommendation of our friends, Bren & Dave, Canadian ex-pat's who live in Playa for half the year. They raved about the food and huge portions so we decided to give it a try. It's a little out of the way from the tourist traps of 5th Avenue but well worth the walk or taxi ride.

We arrived around 7 p.m. and were the only customers to be seated in the garden courtyard. It's a beautiful oasis in the city with about a half-dozen or so plastic tables and chairs covered in tablecloths surrounded by plants and covered with a canopy. Apparently at busier times there is a large salad bar located at the back of the garden, though it was not open when we were there, so we had table-side salad service instead.

The menu is simple: you pick your salad, pasta & sauce. Each dish is lovingly handmade, and the menu states it takes time...and if you want fast food go to McDonald's, lol. We actually didn't have to wait very long at all!

We all started with the Caprese salad -- sooooo yummy, sooooo fresh. We were also given fresh bread with oil. Two of us had Fettucine Carbonera, and two had lasagna (one with a more traditional tomato sauce, and one with a four-cheese sauce). The portions were HUGE! Seriously, we were stuffed and some couldn't even finish it all! But most importantly, it tasted amazing! Fresh pasta and fresh ingredients really makes the difference. Probably the best I've ever had! There was absolutely no room for dessert.

We were hoping to meet Papa Charlie, but he was not there that evening. No matter, his little restaurant is one of Playa's best kept secrets! I cannot wait to go back!

  • Visited May 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Delicious pasta & good value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2012

The servings are generous and the prices very reasonable. If you have the canelloni you can have 2 different flavours.

Visited October 2011
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