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When we think of Argentine cuisine, grilled meat, empanadas and milanesa come to mind, but there is more, much more.
In addition to Italian-influenced dishes, such as pizza and ice cream, it is worth noting its delicious pastries, Bariloche chocolates, lamb and seafood from Patagonia, as well as current trends in craft beer or coffee.
Therefore, in the following lines we give you some clues to fully enjoy this country through the palate .
Chickpea flour, water, olive oil, salt and pepper = fainá © Pizzería Güerrin (Facebook)
As we have just mentioned, Argentine cuisine is heavily influenced by Italian immigrants who arrived at the end of the 19th century. These, along with their exaggerated gestures when speaking, led their love for pizza and ice cream.
Unlike Italian or Neapolitan pizza, Buenos Aires has a thick and spongy dough, similar to that of a focaccia. The star recipe of Buenos Aires is the Fugazzetta (with cheese and onion) and you can choose to eat it 'on horseback', that is, accompanied by a portion of faina (or Genovese farinata), whose dough is made from flour of Chickpeas, water, olive oil, salt and pepper.
One of the best places to taste a good Buenos Aires pizza is Güerrin, on Corrientes Avenue (number 1368). Declared of cultural interest by the Legislature of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, this wood-fired pizzeria has been delighting the most demanding palates since 1932, with more than 70 combinations.
Always in the Corrientes Avenue, famous for its theaters and its libraries open 24 hours a day, we can taste one of the best artisanal ice creams in Argentina and the world, that of Cadore.
This place treasures family recipes dating back to 1881, the year in which the Olivotti family founded the ice cream shop in Italy . It is in 1957 when they are established in the current premises of Buenos Aires, a reference to try good raw materials and a delicious, fresh and natural product.
Family recipes making people happy since 1881 © Heladería Cadore (Facebook)
Separate chapter deserves pastry. The Buenos Aires temple where you can taste the best is Flores Porteñas (Boedo Avenue, 708). This place opened its doors in 1885, owning the property Josefina Sarmiento, sister of the former president and Argentine educator Domingo Faustino Sarmiento.
Their croissants (crissants) fell in love with Julio Cortázar and Juan Domingo Perón, among many others. 7, 200 croissants are prepared every day, all fresh from the oven. The other essentials of this sweet corner are the ensaimadas of San Pedro (with custard), the Neapolitan sfogliatella, the exclusive lemon pie recipe and the sweet bread (panettone), which is offered throughout the year.
Another clue for the sweet tooth: Bariloche chocolate, which is distinguished as one of the most refined in the world, for combining old European recipes with innovations developed in situ. It is impossible to stay in Bariloche without being tempted by the various chocolate shops in the city. Rapanui (several stores in Bariloche and Buenos Aires) and Abuela Goye (Miter Street, 252) are two must-see.
We stayed in Patagonia to highlight other local delicacies: the lamb, the fish and the seafood. Although the veal is usually in the menus of the restaurants in the region, here the star dishes are lamb, roasted or baked; squid rings; la paila marina (seafood stew); or the pout to the pil pil, among others.
Bariloche chocolate, a must for sweet tooth © Abuela Goye
Two places of reference to taste typical and well-executed specialties are Chiko (Ushuaia) and Onde el Short (El Calafate), with its own garden.
When choosing pairing, in recent years, craft beer is unleashing wine. There is no neighborhood in Buenos Aires or an Argentine city that does not have a good number of breweries specializing in this type of drink. Most of them also make their own beer and change the menu very often.
Two places to keep in mind during your stay in the city of Buenos Aires are Buller, in Recoleta (Junin, 1747), with patio and roof; and Bier Life (Humberto Primo, 670), in San Telmo, with several outdoor spaces.
Another trend that is emerging and that in Spain is something already settled is the coffee fever. If you want to drink one of the best in Buenos Aires, we recommend you go to Coffee Town, in the Mercado de San Telmo, 'the first specialty coffee cafe in Argentina and epicenter of healthy coffee in this part of the world', as defined its founders, a group of professionals (baristas, roasters and tasters) who have been visiting coffee plantations for years, working directly with coffee growers in Latin America and Africa and improving themselves in the best international centers.
Coffee fever emerges in Argentina © Coffee Town Specialty Coffee Roasters (Facebook)