Category Archives: Italian

New gastronomic complex in Zona Sul: Gourmet Lagoon

When I feel like going to see a movie I have always tried to go to Cinepolis Lagoon for two reasons: It’s a beautiful location right on the Lagoa and they serve caramel and regular popcorn (you can mix them).  You can read more of my thoughts on the movie theater here, but I want to […]

Sao Paulo’s Italian Experience: Buttina

 After walking around and exploring Pinheiros for hours we were starving and stumbled upon this vintage house turned restaurant Buttina.  The restaurant has a ‘cute’ welcoming feel from the outside, but you need to enter to really experience this treasure.  The entrance will make you feel like you are in a hole in the wall restaurant […]

Sao Paulo’s Best Italian Restaurant: Zucco

Do you love Italian food? I do and have eaten a lot of great Italian food in my day, I mean I did a semester in Florence (enjoyed the food there so much so that I won’t be sharing those pics with you) and as you know, I travel quite a bit.  When I was […]

The Maasai in Saquarema

I have walked past this beautiful beach restaurant multiple times and have been wanting to try it for dinner since I first spotted it. This weekend it was my mission to go over to Maasai, the hotel with a beautiful restaurant overlooking the beach- in front of the ‘post 9’ area of Saquarema. Maasai restaurant […]

Best Way To See Árvore de Natal

I know, Christmas is over, but the Árvore de Natal (Christmas tree) is still floating around the Lagoa, which makes hopping around by the water feel like a festive experience even after the holidays.  You may be asking, what is the big deal about THIS Christmas tree? Carioca’s take this event very seriously. On November […]

Looking For A Wine Bar In Ipanema? Head To Cavist

Finding a good wine bar in Brazil is a bit of a challenge, for those of you that haven’t tried it, Brazilian wine isn’t the best. So when I stumbled upon Cavist wine bar I decided I would go in with an open mind (who am I kidding, I saw wine bar and was grinning […]

Mamma Jamma- Opening Night

On Thursday night I attended my first ‘Opening Night Party‘ in Rio for the newest Barra location(other is on Lagoa) of Mamma Jamma Pizzeria.  First let me say that when it comes to getting ready for an event in Rio,  I am never quite sure what to wear (since Rio tends to be on the […]

Garden Dining in Ipanema: Artigianos

Every time I walk across the canal into Ipanema the restaurant Artigiano (same owners as Fiorino, The Anna, Pomodorino) always catches my eye (I am such a sucker for outdoor dining).  I was immediately intrigued by the enchanting presence this dim lit two story ‘house’ with large balconies  provides.  From the outside, the balconies (on […]

Prima

I have walked by Prima, a cute bruschetteria off of Ataulfo de Paiva a bunch of times…. There is always a big crowd outside, and I love Italian tapas so figured I would add it to  the ‘list’ of places I needed to try.  For brunch they only had one real ‘breakfast’ bruschttta made up […]

Italian Tapas… Stuzzi Hits The Spot

No matter what you are in the mood for, every restaurant on Dias Ferreira will have a huge line with people flooding into the streets every night starting at 9pm (This is because Brazilians LOVE to stand outside on the street, be in the ‘scene’, and all the restaurants on this street are good/trendy).  Stuzzi […]