Germán Martitegui, chef at restaurant Tegui in Buenos Aires, the unquestioned number one of Argentinian fine dining
Lately there’s been a tendency to ignore Argentina. This was mainly because of the unstable social and economic situation which didn’t help fine dining restaurants, in a country that according to stereotypes is famous only for asado and little else.
In 2017 however, four things happened that caused a change of direction: in January, journalist Paolo Marchi explained in detail how the horizons are much wider (see all the articles mentioned at the end of this piece). In March we discovered in Milan the striking vinegars made by Mariana Müller of restaurant Cassis in Bariloche, Patagonia. One month ago, the Latin America’s 50Best, which gave the first place to Peruvian Nikkei Maido, included 9 albiceleste establishments in the list: Tegui (10th), Don Julio (13), El Baqueano (19), Chila (26), Elena (37), Aramburu (44), Crizia (48), Proper (49) and Mishiguene (50).
On Tuesday the first two also appeared in the Guida di Identità, together with a third one in Mar de Plata, «the Argentinian Rimini». The author of all these reviews is Pietro Sorba, a food and wine journalist who emigrated from San Fruttuoso to Buenos Aires in 1992, a quarter of a century ago. He’s the author of many books, articles and guides on a country experiencing a culinary rebirth. We’re happy to share the three reviews here, and we invite you to read the complete version in our online guide.
Don Julio, parrilla above all
Sarasanegro, Mar de Plata
Translated into English by Slawka G. Scarso
Read Paolo Marchi’s features on Argentina:
A guide to the best Argentinian restaurants
The dream of the chef from La Pampa
The poetry of Argentian asado
Argentina dreams of the Michelin guide
Argentina, a journey in history
Argentina is calling
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This article is curated by Identità Golose, the publication that organises the international fine dining congress, publishes website www.identitagolose.com and the online Guida Identità Golose, on top of curating many other events in Italy and abroad