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Vito + other Sao Paulo restaurant openings


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There are lots of interesting restaurants opening in Sao Paulo this season. Dalva e Dito is THE one everyone is talking about, but other openings of note include:

Millesapori

Tiny restaurant owned by an expansive and eccentric Italian. Food is as straight-forward as it gets: arugula topped with sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan shavings, freshly-made pasta topped with a rustic tomato and celery sauce. For desserts, he’s got gelatos from one of the city’s top ice cream shops, Sottozero.

Millesapori

Rua Pedroso Alvarenga, 1177, Itaim, (55-11) 3073-1061

Na Cozinha

Self-billed a “gastropub” – although it was never a pub to begin with – Na Cozinha is actually a hip little restaurant in the same line as the bistronomics that are becoming so popular in France and Spain. Casual setting, ambitious food, open kitchen (which you must cross to get from the room in front to the additional tables in the back. Plates and bowls are by ceramist Hideko Honma.

Na Cozinha

R. Haddock Lobo, 955, Jardins, (55-11) 3063-5377

Vito

An “authentic” italian owned by André Mifano, a tatooed and outspoken chef who, surprisingly, has never been to Italy. It’s always filled with foodies, who get there by word of mouth, which means it’s quite hard to score a table. A trusted friend went recently and found it very overrated - dry pork belly, apple risotto teeming with garlic. But many others have gone and loved it.

He makes a great raviolo stuffed with shredded oxtail.

Vito: Rua Pascoal Vita, Vila Beatriz, tel. 55-11 3032-1469

Has anyone been?

ps. photos posted on my blog (link below)

Alexandra Forbes

Brazilian food and travel writer, @aleforbes on Twitter

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