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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!
Here's a traditional restaurant established back in 1887, with a good selection of simple and traditional dishes. Located in the city centre, with a large population of bohemians and bards; its nostalgic atmosphere appeals to all. Bar Luiz serves good, ice-cold draft beer and a wide selection of German-style dishes like the Eisbein with Sauerkraut, Sausage with Potato Salad and the Kassler, all of which are enhanced by the excellent beer.
Located on Rua Inhangá, Alfaia has been charming the locals and tourist since its establishment in 1989. Offering traditional Portuguese cuisine, highlighting an obvious indulgence in seafood, the restaurant is always busy with people waiting to taste the exquisite fare. If you're craving some flavor-rich codfish or want to experiment with catch of the day, Alfaia wont disappoint you!
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.
Zuka offers a smart but relaxed dining experience without pretension either in the restaurant itself, nor on the menu. The lunchtime menu changes regularly but the reassuringly ever-present burgers are some of the best you will find anywhere in Rio. By night as the mood changes and the lights dim, complimentary starters of soup shots' get this started nicely. Excellent seafood, pastas and risotto make Zuka an excellent destination on a street that isn't short on options.