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Abuela Pan – Bread and Healthy Eating, Granny-Style

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Towards the end of our time in Buenos Aires, with too many great restaurants left to visit, we went on a binge. Parrillas, pizzerías, cafés, morning, noon and night. “Jürgen”, I said during our last meal, pork grease dripping repulsively off my chin. “This is getting disgusting. Tomorrow, let’s heat something healthy.” Abuela Pan, your time had come.

Abuela Pan San Telmo

A tiny restaurant on Calle Bolivar in San Telmo, Abuela Pan serves up wholesome, vegetarian lunches every day. There are just a few tables in the dining room, so it’s recommendable to show up early. In a city filled to the brim with beef and pizza, a healthy meat-free alternative is a breath of fresh air, and unsurprisingly, Abuela Pan fills up quick.

For $26 (US$6.50), you get a choice between three meals which differ daily. Abuela Pan prides itself on cooking without chemicals, trans-fats or frying. Their bread is freshly baked every day and prepared with organic flour. For my main course, I ordered raviolis filled with basil and mozzarella, and Jürgen got a rice-burger. The portions were large, everything was delicious, and we both felt pleasantly full afterwards. And we’d finally done something healthy for ourselves, which clearly justified a few more trips to the parrilla.

Even if you’re not in the mood for a whole meal, stop in for their wonderful fresh breads sold behind the counter. Loaves like theirs are difficult to find in Buenos Aires.

Abuela Pan
Bolivar 707
Tel: 4361-4936
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May 1, 2011 at 11:15 pm Comments (4)

Las Pizarras – Go to the Head of the Class!

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When I consider the word chalkboard, my head instantly seizes up with all sorts of negative connotations. My brain thinks “school”, my nose remembers the stale stench of erasers being pounded together, and my ears… the unbearable screech of a bad piece of chalk scraping uselessly against the slate. Awful.

Las Pizzaras

Pizarra is Spanish for “chalkboard”, so when I discovered that we were on our way to meet friends at Las Pizarras, I went into a semi-catatonic shock. NO|FORK|CHALKBOARD|NO|FORK|NO But there was no reason to fear; the restaurant provided one of the most pleasant dining experiences we’ve had in Buenos Aires.

From the moment you ring the doorbell, and the door is opened, Pizarras is all about charm. The dining area is small and the menus are found on the huge chalkboards which cover the walls. The wine card was right above us, desserts behind us to the left, and entrées across the way. It was a novel way to present the menu, and blended seamlessly into the thoughtful, tasteful decor of the restaurant.

The food was delicious. I stuck to seafood, with an appetizer of razor clams (navajas) and a main course of shrimp risotto. Juergen went with pumpkin soup and steak, and the girls we were with had pasta dishes. In the end, we all ended up sharing off each other’s plates; it’s really a mark of a great restaurant that I couldn’t say which of our meals was the best. All of us left full and happy.

The prices weren’t even bad, especially for a chic restaurant in the middle of Palermo. Make reservations, and head over to Las Pizarras. You won’t be sorry. And if you even think about being “that guy”, who thinks it’s funny to stand up on his chair and drag a fork against one of the chalkboards, know this: I will hunt you down. And I will find you.

Las Pizarras
Thames 2296
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Il Matterello – Italian Dining in La Boca

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Calle Martín Rodriguez in La Boca is the rough-and-tumble kind of street you’d normally want to avoid after sunset. But there’s one very good reason to set those concerns aside for one night: Il Matterello.

Italian Family

When you take your table, it’s hard to believe you’re in the middle of a working-class neighborhood. Il Matterello is all elegance, but manages to retain a casual atmosphere. The staff is friendly, and goes out of their way to make you feel like family. Before leading us to our seats, the greeter asked where we were from, and took us over to a huge map of Italy to point out Matterello (it’s near Venice). The restaurant has become an institution in La Boca, well-respected by critics and popular with the locals.

The food was outstanding. I had spinach raviolis stuffed with herbs and Juergen had the tagliatelle verdi, following a beautiful salad. All the plates were excellent; the pasta is prepared fresh in Il Matterello’s open kitchen, and the sauces were rich and delicious. With a long list of sauces to choose from, you can mix and match them with whatever pasta you want… I just asked the waiter for his recommendation. We saved room at the end for homemade tiramisu.

Il Matterello is just a couple blocks away from the Boca Juniors stadium. The dining area is small, so reservations are recommended on most nights. If you’re in La Boca and looking for a great meal away from the tourist-oriented taverns of El Caminito, you won’t be disappointed with Il Matterello.

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