Immortal Pizza?

2008.Feb.08 Friday · 2 comments

in Restaurants

 Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”

– Susan Ertz, Novelist

Pizza Los Inmortales

Buenos Aires – You’d think that at some point over the last three years I’d have made it to the famed Café Los Inmortales, Corrientes 1369, near Paraná – had a coffee, a pastry… a pizza… They are one of the spots that pops up in conversation regularly when folks talk about “the best pizza in Buenos Aires”. Upfront, it’s not. Which doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s really quite good pizza. A nice thin crust, and the dough is used before anything else arrives on the table, rolled out very thin and topped with lots of chopped garlic and then baked – pretty much the best garlic focaccia I’ve had in many a year. A decent, and good-sized steak empanada hit the table shortly thereafter – the crust an interesting really flaky, almost puff pastry dough, the filling reasonably spicy, with lots of diced steak, and whole olives that… hey, the rest of you empanada makers out there take note… have been pitted.

Finally, the pizza arrived – an individual sized pizza that really is individual sized, rather than feeling like I’m overdoing it – well, maybe without the empanada the pizza would have seemed a touch too small. The house classic, the pizza los inmortales is a gooey, delicious mix of plenty of herb covered mozzarella, crushed fresh tomatoes and garlic, roasted red pepper, anchovies, and whole olives (pitted again, yay!). Nothing wrong with that. It might even edge somewhere into the lower echelons of the top ten in town.

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inz February 11, 2008 at 16:45

“Los Inmortales” is a pretty typical Buenos Aires thing. Overestimated, unnecesarily covered with some kind of mystical aura. Quite nothing on the inside.

For pizza, anyone in Buenos Aires should try “FILO” (San Martín 927) which serves real pizza in the real, DOC flavors.

dan February 12, 2008 at 09:42

I love Filo, and I understand what you’re saying about the mystical aura that surrounds some of these places. I think, perhaps, a long time ago, some of them were actually quite something special, but they’re, as we say in English, “resting on their laurels”. I found the same thing at places like El Cuartito, El Fortín, and El Imperio which I hear raves about from locals – the places are imbued with history, but serve up average quality food, at best, yet somehow live on gleaming pedestals in the minds of their supporters.

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