Argentina could be considered the Italy of South America, so strong is the connection between this Latin American country and its European motherland. We check out some of the best Italian restaurants in Buenos Aires.
The dons of Palermo Hollywood have practically put the street of Gorriti under a delicious, Italian siege. This Italian eatery-come-art gallery has three locations on this street alone, with a fourth currently in the works. The menu changes daily, read from a chalkboard by a waiter under the boudoir lights that decorate these quirky restaurants. Providing an injection of both Italian and Argentine culture into this trendy neighborhood, check out one of Il Ballo’s legendary street parties or the music, art and pasta nights they put on in the summer.
Il Ballo del Mattone, Gorriti 5737, Buenos Aires, Argentina +54 11 4776-4247
Come to Pierino hungry, because nobody serves up mouthwatering plates of pasta, proper Italian vegetables and sides dishes like this old-school pasta joint in Almagro. You could be forgiven that Mamma is slaving away in the kitchen to bring you dishes she learned to make back as a child in Sicily, so true is the taste of Italy in every plate. Perfect for dates or for your family on a Sunday.
Pierino, Lavalle 3499, Buenos Aires, Argentina +54 11 4864-5715
Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Homemade raviolis, artisanal ice cream, flatbreads with smoked salmon, the food in Il Quotidiano is to die for. The more informal sister of the slightly stuffier Sottovoce restaurant, this Recoleta bistro is perfect for lunch if you fancy something light and delicious. Go for the salads if you’re not feeling the pasta, they’re a total hit.
Il Quotidiano, Av. Callao 1299, Buenos Aires, Argentina +54 11 4500-8116
This Las Canitas staple will wow you with its authentic Italian fare. White linen tablecloths and a wooden interior make the perfect environment in which to sample some of the fantastic pasta dishes on offer, as well as the amazing array of antipasti made freshly every day.
La Cucina de Michele, Avenida Luis M. Campos 599, Buenos Aires, Argentina +54 11 4899-1699
The only place in the city to go for Napolitana pizza, Siamo Nel Forno is the closest you’re going to get to the true taste of Italy. While Argentine pizza is a law unto itself and will baffle many of those who walk through the doors of El Cuartito expecting a thin base, mozzarella masterpiece, Siamo is the real deal. Stone baked pizzas with delicious yet simple toppings are the order of the day, and make sure to order the burrata, it’s as good as it gets.
Siamo Nel Forno, Costa Rica 5886, Buenos Aires, Argentina +54 11 4775-0337
Coming in a close second to Siamo Nel Forno, Cosi Mi Piace has pizza from the Italian capital covered. Serving up delicious wheels of Romana pizza, this Palermo haunt also dishes out some of the most incredible milanesa de lomo that the city has to offer, a real treat for anyone looking to experience traditional Italian cuisine in a hip Argentine setting.
Cosi Mi Piace, El Salvador 4618, Buenos Aires, Argentina +54 11 4831-7176
Mamma Mia! La Pecora Nera takes Italian food to the next level. Deer ravioli in Malbec sauce, provolone and aubergine tortelloni, ossobuco risotto, the list of interesting flavors and combinations is endless! The luxurious setting makes it perfect for that special occasion, just make sure not to get sauce on your finery as you slurp!
La Pecora Nera, Ayacucho 1785, Buenos Aires, Argetina +54 11 4804-2000