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Rio has its fair share of excellent Italian restaurants. Fiorino on Avenida Heitor Beltrão in Barra da Tijuca is one fine example of this. Serving an authentic Italian feast made with the freshest ingredients available, the joint is associated with Bologna's prestigious organization Accademia Italiana Gastronomica. Housed within a romantic, old house in a residential neighborhood, Fiorino offers a delectable grub that is both visually and gastronomically appetizing. Needless to say, a visit here warrants a happy customer!
Opened in early 2012 at the smart Windsor Atlantica Hotel, Alloro has established itself as one of the top spots in the city for Italian food. The head chef, Luciano Bossegia, has long been one of the most acclaimed chefs in Sao Paulo, and has brought his culinary skills to Rio de Janeiro. The appointment has clearly been a wise one - the food on the menu here is of the highest quality, with meat cuts cooked to perfection and each dish exquisitely presented. The sea views, minimalist decor, excellent service and top quality food make a meal here worth the expense.
Stravaganze Pizzaria is the brainchild of Dudu Camargo, who has over five other successful restaurants to his name. On menu are various traditional pizzas like Margherita and Neapolitan piizas, as well as special innovations brought in by Camargo himself. Located in a restored mansion, this pizzeria opened its doors in 2005. Stravaganze is not a casual pizzeria, but features an elegant interior designed by Bel Lobo, that blends well with the sophisticated ambiance of the place.
Located in the Leblon district of Rio de Janeiro, Fellini is a by-the-kilo joint, which serves delicious Portuguese and Cariocan food. With a prix-fixe menu, the restaurant makes for a sumptuous deal that includes a wide variety of salads, appetizers and gourmet main courses like duck breast, escargots and lamb and much more. Also on the offer are assorted Japanese dishes, a range of freshly baked pies and other desserts. A great place for bigger families and people with healthy appetites, Fellini provides a high value for money.
A brainchild of chef proprietor Ronaldo Canha, Quadrucci is an elegant restaurant offering delicious Italian cuisine in Rio's Leblon neighborhood. The food served here doest not stick to traditional Italian methods, but blends in an international touch. The result is innovative dishes like mushroom ragu prepared with gorgonzola and Paris mushroom and gratin made with funghi and gnocchi. The menu changes seasonally to reflect the best ingredients of the time. Dim lighting surrounds a charming decor, giving Quadrucci Leblon a romantic ambiance, making it an ideal option for dates.
Dedicated wine buffs might find it hard to locate a decent wine list in Rio, but at Bottega del Vino, which opened in December 2011, the wine is right at the heart of the menu. There are some 300-plus bottles to choose from, 80 percent of which hail from the Old World wine regions, with a few South American options for good measure. While prices are not cheap, many wines are served by the glass, so diners can pick and choose to match their mood and their food. The Italian dishes are served in small, tapas-style portions that are ideal for sharing with friends. On weekdays, the set lunch of appetizer, starter and main (accompanied by a glass of wine, of course) is a relatively inexpensive way to sample the restaurant's offerings.
Cugine, located in Recreio, serves some of the best pizzas in the city. With fantastic interiors, an open kitchen and a cool vibe, Cugine is easily one of the most popular Italian retaurants in the city. Apart from the typical pastas and pizzas, the joint also offers brilliant fusion steaks like Café Paris. Sum up the splendid fare with delectable desserts like profiteroles, and Cugine will have one happy customer!