Bice is a classic with a capital C both in Europe, since its headquarters in Milano, Italy opened in 1926, as well as in NYC and other cities, and in Buenos Aires, where it is one of the pioneers in Puerto Madero: this beautiful, elegant restaurant, with awesome waterfront views opened 19 years ago. One of the keys that explain the long standing fame of Bice is excellence in service, something that becomes apparent from the moment you are welcomed at the door. Then, as you check out the options in the special menu that commemorates their 87 anniversary (2013) and celebrates their classical dishes (a 3 course menu for only AR$200 for dinner), they bring you a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and a bread basket with small pizza slices as amuse-bouche which are the perfect prelude to a great dining experience. The set menu contains a selection of the signature dishes that have defined Bice’s quality: beef carpaccio with parmesan shavings, breaded mozzarella sticks, papardelle (broad flat pasta noodles) with melted cheese, penne arrabiata (spicy furrowed cylinder-shaped pieces). I chose eggplant parmesan au gratin with lots of melted mozzarella cheese as starter, and a creamy risotto with ossobuco stew (braised cross-cut veal shanks) that was a wonderful duet, and an extraordinary tiramisu for dessert. A shot glass of icy, homemade lemoncello is the ideal send-off to leave with a wonderful taste in your palate.
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