To hear Gianni Buonaccorsi’s story about his experience with marathons, you’ll simply have to visit his restaurant, Ridotto, in Venice. Not only will you be welcomed with great warmth, but it will be a pleasure to enjoy his food, all of which is prepared with careful attention, with selected wines. It’s the perfect place for ending a day in Venice after an aperitif in Piazza Grande, which is just around the corner. (Campo SS. Filippo e Giacomo – www.ilridotto.com).
If you’ve never had Brazilian cuisine – or even if you are a connoisseur – and you’d like to revel in a Brazilian atmosphere, you will enjoy Picanhas. You will be warmly received, seated in a dining room decorated with tropical plants, and seduced by a menu proposed by Chef Rodizio. You’ll be amazed by a fun and seemingly endless sequence of courses... eight types of tasty and succulent meats accompanied by a diverse variety of side dishes. But beware: unless you say something, the food will continue to arrive - as if by magic. All the foods are complemented by an excellent selection of red wines, including Palazzo Vecchio Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
The dish to enjoy here, in addition to the classic Argentine Asado cooked slowly on the grill, is the Lomo Negro Black Angus tenderloin with chardonnay and truffle cream sauce. It’s perfect with a full-bodied Chardonnay or the splendid Palazzo Vecchio Vino Nobile di Montpulciano.
In addition to great wines and food, El Porteno offers a cozy space, little '"tangueros," an open-view kitchen, and impeccable service.