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“Excellent elegant Italian restaurant”
Review of La Pecora Nera

La Pecora Nera
Ranked #18 of 5,236 Restaurants in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $50
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Recoleta
Reviewed December 3, 2013

If you're looking for a noisy, traditional Italian restaurant with straw Chianti bottles hanging from the ceiling this is not for you.
You could be forgiven for thinking you're inside a smart restaurant in Milan, the atmosphere is intimate and the decor subdued. Efficient waiters look after you well and the chef chats to customers.
We both had risotto, mine was with Brie and my companion's was with fruits du mer. Both excellent.
We didn't have a dessert or starter as we had to get up early and needed to have an early night. We drank a good Malbec wine that was not decanted although I think they would do that for the more expensive wines.
Customers were mainly well heeled Argentinians, the discreet entrance of La Pecora in the district of Recoleta reflected this.
The place isn't big so reservations are a must.
Our bill came to ARS 580 (approx US$100) which although expensive in Argentina was reasonable in comparison to places like London or New York.
My only reservation was the choice of music, although not too loud it didn't reflect the style of the place. Maybe some Italian baroque music would have been more appropriate during the early part of the evening with some more modern Italian as the evening wore on.

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Buenos Aires food is dominated by meat, meat and meat. Having said that La Pecora Nera is a little oasis it's not your typical Italian restaurant in BA. It's small elegant and very intimate. It has an excellent wine list and offers very well delivered pasta dishes as well as other Italian specialties. Osso buco was good the spinach ravioli were very tasty and the risottos were excellent. Service was good attentive but not intrusive. Some of you will go there and complain like wine its a matter of personal taste. Born in BA having lived in NYC for 25 years for BA its worth the time and experience after a busy day. 4 people, wine coffee ARS 780 a bargain.
Bring cash no cards,such is life in BA, blame the gov't...

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Thank John P
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

I dined here one evening, based on the reviews from Tripadvisor travellers. The setting is definitely formal in feel, and the service although good, is perhaps a little bit too forced to be enjoyable, as the wait staff have an average age of about 20 years, and it felt a bit stilted.
I was a bit disappointed by the menu, as there were a lot of cream based dishes with the pastas, which I wasn't after. I decided on a pasta dish stuffed with eggplant and provolone, with a tomato based sauce. Unfortunately, a very bad decision. The pasta, a ravioli, was undercooked, tough and definitely not al dente. The filling was provolone, but I didn't see/taste any eggplant at all. The tomato sauce was very watery, with not much flavour. I tried adding salt to the dish, but this just made it worse.
There were specials for that evening, but with two of the specials being a brie and truffle combination (perhaps I heard incorrectly, twice?) I decided not to chance those.
The main dishes may have been better, but I had been eating enough meat while in Argentina and, after hearing how good Argentinian pasta could be, thought I should try some.
The clientele was a mix of locals, a couple of families with children, older couples catching up for dinner, and a group of Americans - one telling the waiter that " that wasn't osso buco, it has to be cooked for a minimum of 5 hours, not 3". The waiter just took it in his stride.

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

La Pecora Nera, or the Black Sheep, is somewhat out of the usual run of Italian restaurants in Buenos Aires. For one thing, it is very elegant, offering pressed table cloths, crystal chandeliers, and fine service. For another, it offers very well prepared dishes that remind one more of offerings in Italy than in most Italian-style restaurants in Argentina. The pasta is made by hand at the restaurant itself and the risottos are prepared according to Italian tradition. The restaurant has a genuine Italian feel and look that is rare outside of Italy. The prices for food and wine are quite reasonable both by local and international standards. No credit cards accepted, so bring local cash.

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2  Thank ajnaro
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

This was one of the best restaurants that we ate at in Buenos Aires. The salads were interesting and the home made ravioli delicious! One note, if your Spanish skills are not great, the "English" menu is a pretty poor translation. We brought our tablet and logged into the restaurant's free wifi to use google translate to help us order.

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