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Los Inmortales, traditional pizza in Buenos Aires

Los Inmortales should be a top 5 traditional Buenos Aires pizza of everybody’s ranking. As opposed to most of the traditional pizzerias, Los Inmortales is more upscale and everything has less fat. The pizza is much thinner.

The original Los Inmortales opened in 1952, and the large Gardel sign that became the pizzeria’s symbol was erected in 1955. Los Inmortales (“the inmortals”) was named after the many writers, actors, singers and musicians that populated its tables in the heart of the bohemian and theater scene of Buenos Aires in the 50’s. Los Inmortales was founded by Felipe Fiorellini and “Chiche” Da Ciancia.

Now it has brached out and has some 6 restaurants, but I would recommend stick to the traditional one at Corrientes avenue. It is located at Corrientes 1369, between Talcahuano and Uruguay. It opens daily from 12 to 4pm and 8pm to late in the evening. One of the few traditional pizzerias that accepts almost all credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Amex).

Guerrín, traditional pizza in Buenos Aires

Guerrín is one of the traditional pizza places in Buenos Aires.  No glamour, nothing fancy, just plain authentic Argentine pizza to enjoy seated or standing at the bar (I recommend the second option to have a true Buenos Aires pizza experience).

Located in the heart of the theatre district (Corrientes Avenue), people have a fast pizza before rushing to the theatre or enjoy it after theatre at 2am in the morning.  As most of the places in Corrientes, it closes very late in the morning as most the Porteños going to theaters and movies tend to dine after the event.   In daytime, you will see many people who work in the thousands of lawyers and accountants offices nearby.

Pizzaería Guerrin was founded by Franco Malvezzi in 1932.  Malvezzi, a theater lover himself picked a place in the heart of Avenida Corrientes, close to the main theaters in Buenos Aires.

As with all the traditional pizza places in Buenos Aires, the recommendations are the mozzarela (call it “moosa”), napolitana (tomato, mozzarella, garlic), fugazza (onion), fugazzetta (onion and cheese) and anchovies (anchovies and tomato sauce).  Have them with a chopp (draft beer) or a glass of moscato (amber sweet and spirited wine).

It opens daily at 8am and closes anytime around 2am-4am.  The Guerrín address is Corrientes 1368, between Uruguay and Talcahuano.



Rondinella, traditional Buenos Aires food

Cantina Rondinella is one of the traditional cantinas and bodegones in Buenos Aires to taste Buenos Aires authentic food, the one that dominated the Buenos restaurant scene before the arrival of the sophistication of the 90’s and the world tourists discovery in the early 2000’s.

Rondinella is cantina by the book: an endless menu, extremely professional waiters in their late 50s, traditional wine list, no focus on decoration (to say the least), enormous rations, and no-nonse with prices.

Almost everything is good at Rondinella, but this cantina is especially known for their home made pastas, offered with more than 12 sauces.  Try vermicelli, fussili, ravioli or (my favorites) capeletti.   If you will keep on walking for a while and have no stranger to kiss do not miss the Chivito a la Provenzal, a quarter kid roasted with garlic and parsley.

Rondinella is located in Palermo Hollywood, and is one of the favorite spots of the people (producers and talent) working in Channel 9 (across the street), Endemol and other of the many tv production companies in the area.  Over the weekend it becomes a retreat of local families and old couples that have been sitting at the same table for 30 years.  Try to avoid weekends as it may get to crowded.

Do not expect a fancy place, cantinas are aimed for great food at the best value for money. The decoration (or the lack of it) dates back to the late 80s.

Cantina Rondinella address: Avenida Alvarez Thomas 12 (between Dorrego and Concepción Arenal), across the street from the Mercado de Pulgas (Dorrego flea market).  Phone: 4775-6216. It used to close on Tuesday, so check it out before you go.  They take all credit cards (something not so common with the cantinas).

Roberto Lopez Viajes