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“A culinary experience like none others”
Review of Ituzaingo Resto

Ituzaingo Resto
Ranked #42 of 586 Restaurants in Mendoza
Price range: $35 - $65
Cuisines: Argentinean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Ituzaingo is a close doors restaurant in the most bohemian neigbourhood from Mendoza. The building is a loft wich shows real mendocinean lifestyle. The atmosphere is very eclectic style and combines artistic expresions (paintings and sculptures).The food is mostly tradional Argentine Cuisine in a real gourmet style. Wines are from the personal cellar of the owner (no wine list).The phrase for our concept is:¨Ituzaingo is a restaurante but still a house, welcome.
Toronto, Canada
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96 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“A culinary experience like none others”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

The dining experience at Ituzaingo Resto is an absolutely unique concept, and probably foreign to many seasoned travelers: you dine at the chef's house, in a charming intimate setting, and witness the preparation of your entire meal over wine and conversation. We started with a cooking lesson at 7:00pm by chef and sommelier Francisco and sous chef Anna, which included making bread and empanadas from scratch. The owner, Gonzalo, joined us a little later and brought his philosophy, charm, and energy to the party. We started the fire in the outside brick oven and the grill, and soon after, as we sipped wine and continued chatting, bread, empanadas, and a splendid assortment of local meats were cooking in the oven and sizzling on the grill.

A few other guests joined later, and the meal began as we were being served our empanadas, absolutely delicious bread, mixed grilled meats, etc. Apparently our empanadas were only second best to a Japanese couple who had been there previously: that was the only "sour note" of the evening....(just kidding). Amongst the highlights of the evening, was a local red with no label from the Caelun winery, which was amongst the finest reds I have ever tasted: deep, balanced, layered, and slightly jammy with notes of chocolate and a long finish. To me, this was reminiscent of an Opus One in depth and aromas, but perhaps with less fruit and complexity, but an absolute gem!

The meal is $120 USD per person, all inclusive of wine and food, cash only. In all, it represented one of the highlights of our trip, and without question the best meal we had while in Argentina. Thank you Gonzalo, Francisco, and Anna.

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Wellington
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50 reviews
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“Like going to a mate's place for dinner”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

When we arrived at the unassuming house (One thing to note: this restaurant is on Mendoza's "red light district". It's not dangerous but take a cab there.) and knocked on the door, we were greeted by Gonzalo (the owner) and Tete (th dog) and I knew that we were in for something special. The layout is basically the house's living room and also has outside seating out in the backyard.
We sat down with Gonzalo, had a glass of Torrontes, played with the dog and chatted about nothing and everything. Once we were done, we went to his cellar and talked about wines to choose a bottle for the meal. The food was like a trip through the different regions of argentina and its different cuisines... And it was amazing.
This is a one of the kind restaurant, don't leave Mendoza without visiting it. Make sure you book in advance! It's not a big place and it's not open everyday.

  • Visited November 2012
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New Jersey
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7 reviews
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“Highlight of our trip”
Reviewed May 1, 2012

On our first visit to Argentina, we were fortunate to find this amazing dining experience. The ambience was unique, friendly and relaxing. Right from the start with our host, drinks and appetizers in front of the fireplace, we knew it would be an evening to remember. Our table for 4 was part of the garden setting, spectacular trees and greenery. Course after course of superb food, and special wines. Don't miss it!

  • Visited March 2012
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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13 reviews
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“Most spectacullar meal!”
Reviewed April 13, 2012

We wrote in the morning an email simple to ask for availability and hence Gonzale arranged it all for us, calling us and meeting our food inquiries before even asked!
Incredible warm and fantasitc location, the garden the settings not to mention the food ! It took us to a journey through Argentina and back, the vines are outstanding and we simple didnt want to leave but sadly had to part at 2am!
Its more the eating, its making friends and share a wonderful meal, time and hopefully future meals ...
A MUST DO MUST SEE THING!
Lela & Walter

Visited April 2012
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Cambridge, MA
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10 reviews
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“Better than your average dining experience!”
Reviewed March 5, 2012

My friends and family enjoyed a fantastic, intimate dinner at Ituzaingo Resto the night before our wedding. Gonzalo (and his adorable dog!) was a stellar (and hilarious) host which made the meal even more special. The food consisted of 7 courses representing a variety of regional Argentinian cuisine -- everything was delicious. The restaurant is quite stealth -- it's actually Gonzalo's apartment! -- so you feel like you're in a good friend's home for dinner. It was such an incredible and memorable meal.

  • Visited February 2012
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