As we’ve previously written about, Argentina is highly influenced by Italy. A huge percentage of the population are descendants of Italian immigrants, and the food, culture, language and traditions are proof of this. A few months ago we told you about some of our favorite Italian restaurants in Buenos Aires, but here is a list of some great places in Buenos Aires that specialize in pasta.
This is one of my favorite pasta restaurants in the city. It is a small hole in the wall restaurant in Villa Crespo that pretty much only offers pasta. They have a huge selection of homemade pastas, many with fillings you don’t find in other restaurants such as wild boar sausage raviolis, salmon sorrentinos and cheddar raviolis. Service is good. The interior is very simple but charming.
Off the beaten track in the neighborhood of Villa Ortuzar, Cantina Don Chicho is worth the trek just for the authentic experience. Opened in 1922, it is always filled with locals. The first thing you see when entering is two grandmother-like women seated at a table making pasta by hand fresh as you order it. My favorites are the fusille pasta and the meatballs. Don’t expect to find an English language menu or an especially luxurious experience. Think a lively crowd of locals enjoying amazing pasta, great conversation and cheap wine, all while seated in plastic lawn chairs around long tables.
An upscale Italian restaurant with locations in Recoleta and Puerto Madero, this restaurant offers excellent pasta, service and a classy ambiance. Good options are the black pasta or anything with their wild mushroom sauce.
A hidden gem in Las Cañitas, the neighborhood where we hold one of our food tours, Doppio Zero knows how to make their pasta! Their menu changes daily, but recently I had great salmon raviolis and risotto. Their 7 course tasting menu is excellent and a good value. Service is one of the best in Buenos Aires.
This tiny spot in Palermo Hollywood is ultra authentic. It is a mix between a lunch restaurant and an Italian market. Everything down to the waiters are Italian. They only offer 3-4 options per day, mostly pasta dishes. Everything is made in house. Pasta dishes are simple, but emphasize very high quality ingredients.