We've been fortunate to be able to visit Rio a couple of times a year since 2008 and La Mole on Rua Dias Ferreira in Leblon has become one of our "go to" restaurants. In existence for more than 50 years, this place has upgraded its decor in the last couple of years but still offers a great value family style Italian themed dining experience. Truthfully it is not so much the food (which is decent but not gourmet) as it is the service that makes this place stand out. And when a couple can dine out for under $50 or less than R$100 including cocktails, three courses, a bottle of wine and tip, it is worthwhile. Be forewarned, the portions are substantial so sharing an main course is not out of line. Also be prepared for the pace in Rio generally and especially in Leblon - it is relaxed and the dinner hour really starts closer to 10 p.m. than to 6 p.m. Open for lunch and dinner I recommend sitting outside with spouse and/or friends, enjoying the couvert and a drink or two and watch the world go by on the sidewalk. Enjoy!
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