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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!
Known for its reasonably-priced drinks and large portions of home-cooked food, Bar do Mineiro is one of Santa Teresa's liveliest spots. The feijoada is the highlight of the menu, and the various pasteis are good, too. Drink options include beer and the ever-popular caipirinha.
The oldest coffee shop in the city, Casa Cavé is a haven of calm amid the chaos that is downtown Rio. Stepping inside the regal building, which dates back to 1860, is like taking a step back in time. Chandeliers hang from the high ceilings, lace tablecloths adorn the tables, and waiters serve deliciously decadent cakes, pastries and assorted sweet and savory treats alongside steaming pots of coffee and tea. The delicious sandwiches, soups and of course, cakes are a draw in themselves, and the genteel ambiance makes Casa Cavé the perfect place to relax and unwind after a hard day's shopping or sightseeing.
The place offers simple service, but the atmosphere is pleasant and inviting. It opens for lunch, with a fixed buffet or a la carte, and also serves small and tasty snacks and savouries, and the sweets are not to be missed! It is charming in an ususual Belle Époque style.
Established in 1993, this branch of the famous Joe & Leo's in Leblon serves hearty burgers that are freshly made with ground beef and various seasoning without adding any preservatives or fat. The modern western saloon design adds to the American influence of this burger joint which has has a wide variety of hamburgers to choose from. You can also try the pizzas, sandwiches and veggie delights if you are not into burgers. Happy hours are on from Monday to Friday every week from 5p till 8p.
In the baking heat of Rio in the summertime, it's no wonder locals flock to this ice cream parlor in Ipanema. Close to the beach, Sorvete Italia serves more than 50 different varieties of ice cream, alongside ice lollies, tarts and a handful of other desserts. The indulgent Gold line includes scoops of delicious ice creams such as Crunchy Macadamia Nut and Brownie and Dark Chocolate, while those with an eye on their beach bodies can take their pick from the Diet and even Superdiet ranges, featuring low-cal versions of favorites such as mango. Simply can't decide? Feel free to mix and match flavors.
If you've got a hankering for sweet treats, Kurt is the place to come. Specializing in deliciously indulgent tarts, this Leblon coffeehouse and confetería (cake house) offers goodies to satisfy even the sweetest tooth. With a total of 50 different varieties of tart to choose from, reaching a decision will take some time. One of the most popular options is the tart filled with praline, caramelized nuts and whipped cream. There are also 30 different types of biscuits offered, just waiting to be dunked in one of Confetería Kurt's specialized coffees. - Lucy Bryson
Part deli, part bakery, and part coffee shop, Talho Cabixaba has been serving up superior sandwiches and delicious desserts for over 60 years. Sandwiches here are made to order - customers can take their pick from a mouthwatering array of ciabattas, croissants, focaccias and other specialist breads. Choices of fillings include smoked salmon, buffalo mozzarella, Parma ham, grilled eggplant, brie and more. Fresh salads are also popular options, while quiches and savory pastries are convenient orders to go. Desserts here are also excellent – try the tart of chocolate mousse and nuts for a real treat.