Buenos Aires – Centro – Places to Eat
You’ll need a pit stop after working up an appetite from walking around nearby Plaza Lavalle (see separate post) so here are a couple of suggestions. Here’s a map of the Centro to help you get your bearings.
Pizzeria Guerrin (Intermediate B+), 1368 Avenida Corrientes, www.pizzeriaguerrin.com
I’ve mentioned my dislike of Fugazetta, the local style of pizza, elsewhere (see my review of El Cuartito in my Recoleta post) but this place isn’t actually too bad. They make a thin crust ‘a la piedra’ pizza as opposed to the thicker pizza ‘de molde’ at El Cuartito. The buzzing atmosphere also adds to the experience.
I went for the classic combination of Fugazetta and Farina , a chickpea pancake with its roots in Genoa (both B). Some locals put the Farina on top of the pizza and eat them together. Apparently you’re supposed to have a glass of sweet Moscato wine with it as well but it was a bit early in the day for me. If you find the ground floor too frenetic there is the quieter Sala Familial upstairs. Guerrin has been an institution since 1932 and is definitely worth a visit.
La Pasta Frola (Intermediate B+), 1365 Avenida Corrientes, www.la-pastafrola.com.ar
Rather than have dessert in Guerrin I dashed over the road to this Italian pastry shop immediately opposite and treated myself to a Sfogliatelle Ricce (B+). The shop has been around even longer than Guerrin, since 1917.