Who knew that Buenos Aires had such fantastic Italian food? Piegari is a ritzy Italian restaurant in the Recova complex at the edge of the Recoleta neighbourhood. The place was full of wealthy locals, theatregoers, businesspeople, and a smattering of tourists.
Because we were in a bit of a rush, my friend and I skipped antipasto and just ordered half-portion entrees. He had the chicken in a mushroom cream sauce, and I had the risotto with calamari and squid ink. Because risotto takes so long to prepare, the waiter offered to split both dishes between the two of us, since their dishes "are meant for sharing." So I tried the tender chicken in its rich cream sauce filled with a variety of earthy mushrooms. My supposed quarter-portion covered an entire large plate! I barely had any room left for my risotto negro with its perfectly tender calamari and savoury, but light, rice. Our waiter insisted we at least try a few bites of dessert; so we shared a sampler plate which included a flourless chocolate cake and homemade gelato. We just had agua sin gas to drink. The bill came to about 400 pesos.
Service was professional and impeccable throughout. By Buenos Aires standards, this is quite the splurge, but to get the same experience in North America would easily cost 250-300 dollars. So if you're tired to all the wonderful parillas in Buenos Aires, treat yourself to this Italian classic.
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