A Slice of Pizza at Siamo Nel Forno

Rainy days are perfect for film watching, books, theatre, art and comfort food such as pizza. Now, there are plenty of pizzerias in Buenos Aires, and a few favorites that come to mind such as Guerrín, but Siamo Nel Forno is the best if you´re looking for gourmet Italian-style.  The ingredients are ever fresh and many imported from Italy, the toppings range from traditional to one-of-a-kind, but always in good taste, and, something that the more local pizzerias usually don’t get right, they have good wines and delicious desserts on their menu too! Costa Rica 5886, Palermo Hollywood. 4775-0337

Delicious Fainá

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If you are one of the many who have been seduced by the local pizza then you have probably seen or tried “fainá”. This flat “bread” made with chickpea flour, water  and olive oil was incorporated to the local cuisine by the Italian immigrants (who fortunately also brought pizza to go with it and ice-cream for dessert!).

The proper way to eat it Buenos Aires style is under a slice of pizza, preferably “fugazzeta” which is made with onion and cheese and is a classic! (Or if you’re a vegan or a celiac you can enjoy it plain, just make sure previously that they don’t mix cheese or white flour into their recipe).

Fainá is also so easy to make that if you’re feeling nostalgic for your days in BA you can just bake some and relive the experience! We have included a recipe below.

Ingredients

250 grams of chickpea flour

600 milliliters of water

3 Tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper

Whisk the chickpea flour, salt, pepper(optional) and water until you obtain a homogenous liquid batter. Let it sit.

Meanwhile warm the oven to 180 C and pour the olive oil on a baking sheet or pizza pan.

Place the baking sheet/pizza pan in the oven to warm the oil and once it is warm take it out of the oven and pour the batter into it. Then place it back into the oven for approximately 20-30 minutes, until the batter becomes solid and the fainá is golden on top.

Buenos Aires Gastronomic Week

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Eating is one of the most enjoyable daily experiences people share. The satisfaction of satiating hunger, the nourishment derived from food, the aromatic stimulation of taste buds, the visual appeal of colorful edibles, and also, the cultural aspects of eating including how it is shared, its preparation and how different flavors are combined, make up the culinary world, which many consider an art.

This week, the city celebrates its gastronomic expressions with a variety of events, promotions and tasty bites. Below are some recommended activities.

 

Wednesday

Chef Soledad Nardeli from Chila will dictate a free cooking class at 6pm at Aguero and Libertador in Recoleta.

Also in Recoleta at 6.30 Pm in traditional café La Biela, Haroldo Darnauchans, will be speaking about the history of coffee.

 

Thursday

Tour the city’s pizzerias and try your favorite slices at the very best venues in town. More information on the participating pizzerias here.

Pura Tierra’s chef , Martín Molteni , will dictate a free cooking class at 6pm at Parque Centenario.

Bartender Inés de los Santos will present her new book on cocktails at 7pm at  Café Restó Los Pastizales. (check out her book on Buenos Aires Bars, available at the hotel library).

 

Friday

Chef Patissier Osvaldo Gross, who is also releasing a book on chocolate, will dictate a free cooking class at 6pm at  Plaza Gral. Manuel Belgrano.

 

Saturday

Take advantage of the special 2×1 on cocktails and drinks in Franks Bar and  Chez Nous from 6pm onwards or on a 5óclock tea at the traditional Confiteria La Ideal (from 4pm-7pm).

 

More information on Buenos Aires Gastronomic Week here.

 

Top 5 Restaurants in Recoleta

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La Bourgogne The city’s most distinguished French Restaurant, in the city’s most distinguished hotel, the Alvear Palace, offers one of the best, albeit pricy, dining options in Buenos Aires. Ayacucho 2027, Recoleta. 4808-2100.

 

Oviedo- This upscale Spanish restaurant is one of the top dining options the city has to offer. The fish is superb as is the lamb, the excellent wine list and service. The classic setting, the freshness of the ingredients and the savory cuisine make Oviedo an unquestionable top choice for gourmet dinning in Buenos Aires. Beruti 2606, Recoleta. 4821-3741.

 

Restó- Set in the local architects society, this intimate auteur restaurant is the favorite of many local chefs for its quality and innovative dishes. Edible flowers,  exotic vegetables  and  recommended stuffed quail are all part of  chef  Guido Tassi´s flavorful repertoire. Montevideo 938, Recoleta. 4816-6711

 

Almacen de los Milagros- Maria Milagros Padilla and her associate Martin Baquero combine their knowledge of cuisines from Tucuman., Patagonia, Spain and France in this restaurant that is open as a cafe during the day and as a gourmet auteur restaurant at night. Quintana 210, Recoleta. 4814-0533.

 

El Cuartito- Considered by some to be the best pizzeria in the city, El Cuartito, which has been around since 1934 is undoubtedly legendary. Great for a quick on the go slice in a lively environment, or for a low budget meal, plus, you really shouldn’t leave Buenos Aires without trying the typical fugazzeta pizza and faina! Talcahuano 937, Recoleta. 4816-1758.