I've found a great place to eat Italian gourmet food in the centre of Playa del Carmen. It's called Afrodisiako and it's a small (5-6 tables) restaurant on the Calle 26 between Avenida 5 and 10. It's owned by a Italian Slovak couple. Patricia cooks and Davido is an expert bartender. There very outgoing, talkative and funny. You can see, that they love their restaurant and their guests.
The food was delicious, the atmosphere great and with Davido and Patricia present on the spot most of the time, you feel like on visit at their home in Italy.
The place also offers breakfast (starting at 7 o'clock, which we never managed to try out ;) and at night changes to a chillout/party (it depends on the people who come in ;) dinner and cocktail spot.
The offer a variety of Italian wines and champagnes, cocktails, original italian coffe and of course great cuisine. It's definetely worth stopping by and I'm sure you'll enjoy it after you've had enough tacos, fajitas and burritos... :)
...and you get a free snacks with every glass of wine/cocktail which is a really nice surprise too.
P. S. - And the desserts are dellllicious too!!
P. S. - The place is "cash only" so don't forget to visit the ATM before you decide to go.