Antonella, our guide in Tiradentes, is quite a gourmet herself, coming from the hills of Northern Piedmont in Italy. So we tended to believe her when she promised us a surprise if we stopped for dinner at Emporio Santo Antônio. Was she right! Soraya, the owner, takes perfect care of guests while her husband works behind doors taking care of food. Everything is easy and perfect in this place. We remember their caldo verde soup as the best we’ve had in Brazil. The trout was even more of a surprise: this has been only place in where this fish, so common in Europe, was served to us in Brazil, and it was a pleasant surprise indeed. Dessert, finally, was a passion fruit mousse of excellent quality. We were told that the best time to go to Emporio Santo Antônio is over lunch at week-ends. The serve a buffet lunch which is supposed to be of very high quality and very convenient price.
As we left the Restaurant there was a lot of noise outside. Election time (it was early October) is noisy all over Brazil and it can be more than one likes to take on. Not that night. We were in the middle of a noisy motorcade in favor of some candidate for mayor of Tiradentes. But it’s surprising to see that after an excellent meal the world smiles at you. Even if it’s noisy and it takes a bit longer than expected to go back to Solar da Ponte.
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