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The Best Italian Restaurants in Argentina

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Updated: 18 October 2017
Argentina is considered the Italy of South America, so it’s no surprise that there’s some incredible Italian food on offer. We round up the best Italian restaurants across Argentina.
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Siamo Nel Forno

Routinely lauded as the best pizza in Buenos Aires, Siamo Nel Forno is the only place in the city to try some super-legit Napoletana. Their pizza bases are thin and the crispy crusts hide a chewy centre – just a plain margherita pizza alone is worth a trip to this Palermo Hollywood haunt. Go for the burrata and share a selection between friends, and if you’re lucky enough to make it on a night where they have the sausage and fennel pizza special, order two, that’s how good they are.

Siamo Nel Forno, Costa Rica 5886, Buenos Aires, Argentina

L’Adesso

The comfort and warm ambiance of this Italian restaurant in Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires, is a stealthy mask for the intricate dishes and explosion of flavors you will experience as you enjoy a meal that could have been shipped across the Atlantic all the way from Italy itself. Typical Italian cuisine is given a modern twist and each dish will make you want to get to know it better before you move on to the next delectable course. If you want the full experience, go for the tasting menu of the chef’s selection.

L’Adesso, Fray Justo Santamaria de Oro 2047, Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Locanda

Delicious pasta straight from Italy
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This restaurant run by a young chef from Sardinia is a real treat. Be transported to the idyllic shores of the Mediterranean with food that lingers on your tastebuds long after you have finished it. Everything on the menu from fish, to pasta and meat is prepared with lots of Italian amore, and even though the restaurant itself is on the low-key, local side, this doesn’t mean the food is as coy as its surroundings, quite the opposite!

La Locanda, Jose Leon Pagano 2697, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Macadam

This rustic restaurant just outside of the city of Cordoba is well worth the trip. The space itself is pure campo, with exposed brickwork walls and wooden beams creating an intimate environment perfect for a dinner with family or a romantic evening. Combining regional fare with traditional Italian recipes, Macadam is the perfect place for anyone looking to experience the taste of Italy in a truly Cordobese setting.

Macadam, Avenida San Martín 3210, Col. Caroya, Córdoba, Argentina

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Il Gabbiano

This wonderful restaurant in Bariloche invites you to spend the evening dining in comfort in a familiar setting, soaking up the warm ambiance and enjoying some delicious food over the course of a few hours. Using seasonal ingredients, their Tuscan specialties should not be missed, and the meat tortellini, grilled octopus and lamb ragu with rigatoni are to die for.

Il Gabbiano, Exequiel Bustillo km 24, 8409 San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

Restaurante Bruno

Rosario’s food scene is strengthened by the presence of this great Italian restaurant. Known for their consistent quality, especially in the pasta dishes, Restaurante Bruno is a stalwart of the local culinary scene and a firm favorite with locals. Go for the gnocchi, a typical dish shared between Italy and Argentina.

Restaurante Bruno, Montevideo 2798, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina

La Cefira

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Salta may be better known for its fried empanadas, folklore music and dancing, but the Italian fare at La Cefira brings its A-game as far as food is concerned. A cosy and rustic setting typical of the north of Argentina offers guests a family-style atmosphere that is reflected in the food. Everything is homemade and the meats are especially good. Treat yourself to some tiramisu at the end.

La Cefira, Cordoba 481, Salta, Argentina