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Best Pizza in Buenos Aires?

nyclibrarian Oct 12, 2008 06:18 PM

Next week, boyfriend and I are leaving for a 16 day trip to Argentina. We love pizza, and can't wait to taste the best of Buenos Aires. If anyone can suggest some pizza places, I would greatly appreciate it.
We generally prefer very thin crust (In the states our favorites are Pizza Picco in Larspur CA, Delfina Pizza in San Francisco and Una Pizza Napoletana in NYC), but are interested in tasting many varieties in Buenos Aires.

Many thanks!!

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    joeclocinco Oct 14, 2012 05:17 PM

    Not thin crust, but if you are in San Telmo, get a slice at Pirillo on Defensa. If feeling adventurous try the faina on top of your pizza slice. Just a counter. Nothing fancy. Since 1932.

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      ThatMary Feb 27, 2012 07:25 PM

      Siamo nel Forno in Palermo Hollywood!
      I went to this pizzeria just 3 weeks after they opened in 2010. It was one of the best meals of our trip.
      And SUCH A GREAT STORY!! The owner and chef, Nestor, had been a brass bolt machinist and hated it. He loves pizza, so he began studying on his own. Nestor took his vacations and went to the famous pizza cities in the world and trailed. He then opened Siamo nel Forno.

      Delicious thin crust pizza in the Neopolitan style (bubbly, slightly charred crust, simple toppings). I am heading back to BA this April (2012) and cannot wait to return and see how they are thriving.

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        Foodandwine Apr 20, 2012 06:18 PM

        Never knew. Will check it out in May.. Anyone else been recently...

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          janetBA Oct 14, 2012 04:55 PM

          Siamo nel Forno is truly in the Neapolitan style. Oven is from Italy, Nestor trained with a Neapolitan pizzaiuolo. Nice traditional and gourmet toppings, calzoni, the best tiramisu made with housemade mascarpone.

          Piola is real Italian-style pizza, part of an Italian chain. A ton of pizza topping options plus an extensive menu offering choices such as pasta.

          Most of the recommendations above are Buenos Aires-style pizza. It belongs in its own category, not close to NY pizza, Chicago pizza nor Italian pizza.

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        bechtelbrat Feb 6, 2011 08:49 AM

        I like Piola and Los Inmortales

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          michaelbay1 May 15, 2009 06:33 AM

          Sorry to miss your original request but I have to report about, in my opinion, some of the best pizza I have ever eaten. My wife and I went to BA in 2003 for a month of Spanish emersion. While there we found Filo, downtown at San Martin 975. There is a wood-fired oven and the pizza was great! We returned there often to recover from the challenges of trying to learn Spanish at 49. Go there on your next visit.

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            adrogross Jan 29, 2011 02:30 PM

            There's tons of pizza to choose from in BA, most of it is not very good (too much cheese, no sauce, bad crust, etc.) Here's a decently comprehensive list of the best pizza all over the city. http://oasiscollections.com/the-best-...

          2. nyclibrarian Feb 23, 2009 02:44 PM

            This post is long overdue, but I wanted to thank everyone for the suggestions, and let you where we ended up eating pizza during our trip. First of all, we ate a ton of pizza! We are vegetarians, and it is one of our favorite foods, so it was a logical choice while in Argentina. In fact, we probably had a slice of pizza every day!

            Pizza in BsAs is not for the faint of heart. Such thick, doughy crust! So much cheese! It is a hearty meal. Pretty much every where we went we had mozzarella, tomato sauce and green olives.

            Our favorites were El Cuartito (http://www.flickr.com/photos/s_r_p/3004118039/in/set-72157608665423210/) and Guerrín.

            If these two favorites, I preferred Guerrin. The pizza was of medium thickness, and was perfectly crisp on the outside. I tried both a mozzarella/tomato slice and an onion slice (my memory is failing me on this one, and I guess I forgot to take a picture. I think it was onion and cheese, but can’t seem to recall it exactly. If anyone knows, please let me know).

            In terms of thin crust, we tried Morelia in Palermo Hollywood (http://www.flickr.com/photos/s_r_p/30...)
            I had a nice salad with my pizza. Overall, the pizza sort of reminded me of Matzo, so I was not a huge fan.

            Thanks again for the suggestions!

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              jdubyapepper May 14, 2009 09:20 PM

              The onion pizza at guerrin is called a fugazetta and it's the house special!

            2. Paula76 Dec 3, 2008 03:40 AM

              Absolutely agree with El Cuartito and Guerrín; not only is their pizza delicious but the atmosphere is genuine, family-style, no-frills, no-nonsense which makes the experience so much better. They are also very cheap and popular but worth the wait. I heard wonders about La Mezzetta as well although I haven't been myself. If you are heading towards Boca, right opposite the Bombonera stadium is a very traditional pizzería called Banchero. Their claim to fame is to have invented the 'fugazzetta, pizza (tons of cheese and onion) and it's definetely worth trying out. Don't forget to order fainá to go with you pizza! It's a must in Argentina and absolutely delicious...

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                rcooperman Dec 2, 2008 07:10 AM

                When I visited BA last December I fell over El Cuartito at Talcahuano 937. Good pizza, GREAT atmosphere, been there since 1934. Then even have club soda available in old seltzer type dispensers. As a native of Brooklyn, I highly recommend the pizza.

                1. Casa SaltShaker Oct 18, 2008 03:56 PM

                  On the thin crust, i.e., "pizza a la piedra" - or cooked on a stone, style - Guerrin is probably our favorite here. If you want the really thin, the "a la parrilla" - or grilled pizza - Morelia or Minna are both great choices.

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                    Foodandwine Nov 14, 2008 05:51 AM

                    I went to Guerrin a few weeks back after a walking tour of Buenos Aires. The tour guide pointed me in their direction. I ate standing up with many other men at communal tables. I had a vegggie slice with the chickpea (faina sp??) topping. Its an actual topping layer that they gave me cold ( kinda of interesting) also had a glass of vino tino and a beef empanada. I liked the the whole experience. As to the pizza, I think that I am still a NYC kinda pizza fan.

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                      jdubyapepper May 14, 2009 09:17 PM

                      GUERRIN IS BY FAR THE BEST!!! great atmosphere too. I liked some of their recotta cheese pizzas. Its perfect with a giant quilmes after a boca or river game!

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                    RicRios Oct 14, 2008 12:29 PM

                    La Mezzetta.
                    Forget 'bout ambiance, Maitre'Ds, tables, chairs, wine lists and all that nonsense.
                    This is ultimate pizza-paradise-on-Earth:

                    http://foodquests.blogspot.com/2008/0...

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                      Cher Martin Oct 14, 2008 05:15 PM

                      My family and I were in BA in July. We had great pizze at Los Maestros on Uriburu in the Recoleta, where we were staying. It was good enough it brought us back a second time.

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                        nyclibrarian Oct 15, 2008 10:23 PM

                        Thanks for the suggestions!

                        In case anyone else is interested, below are a couple blog posts with some good info:

                        http://gridskipper.com/62666/the-ba-pizza-heritage-trail

                        http://baires.elsur.org/archives/el-imperio-de-la-pizza/

                        http://www.jaunted.com/story/2007/6/1...

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                          Foodandwine Oct 16, 2008 05:29 AM

                          NYC.. Thanks for the links Perhaps we will cross paths next week..

                    2. Beach Chick Oct 13, 2008 11:59 AM

                      I was just in BA at the Four Seasons a couple of weeks ago and even though I did not eat pizza, there are tons of Italians in BA that have immigrated to this wonderful city, so I don't think you will have any trouble finding a good pizza..
                      Have a great time!

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                        paul balbin Oct 12, 2008 07:29 PM

                        I am out of date on Pizza but if you eat meat check out ""El Palacio de las papas fritas"

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                          Foodandwine Oct 13, 2008 11:26 AM

                          Hi NYCLIBRARIAN: I am going to be in BA next week as well. I came across this site for expats and the guy has a pizza map there.. take a look in the middle of the page on the left.. Hope this helps..
                          http://yanquimike.blogspot.com/

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