Saturday, June 16, 2012

Food, glorious food at Don Carlitos

Oh, my. It was a good week in the schools (more on that later) and so we celebrated with a meal. Last night we went out to dinner at Restaurante "Carlitos," otherwise known as Don Carlitos or Don Carlos. This was an experience as much as it was a meal.

It's a very simple restaurant in the neighborhood of La Boca in Buenos Aires, right across from the stadium where the Boca Juniors football (soccer) team plays. It looks like an ordinary diner, nothing at all fancy. As soon as we sat down, the owner came to talk to us. When he heard that I was from the US, he spoke a bit of English with me and pointed at a framed movie poster signed by Sophia Coppola. Apparently, this is one of Francis Ford Coppola's favorite restaurants in BA. 

The fellow in the blue shirt is Juan Carlos Zinola, the owner (photo credit: Iva Grbesic)
Looks are deceiving. This was no ordinary diner. The meal was incredible. We didn't order. The food just arrived with a flourish, plate after plate. We shared from most of the plates, though we each got our own steaks. We had empanadas, and in the vast array of food, I've forgotten what they were stuffed with. Here are a few excellent pictures taken by Iva Grbesic on her blog One Chic Mom--we had these dishes and so much more.
Empanada (photo credit: Iva Grbesic)
Spinach fritters (photo credit: Iva Grbesic)
Smoked sausage (photo credit: Iva Grbesic)
One of two cuts of perfectly-cooked steak (photo credit: Iva Grbesic)
Here's the full list of what we had (though I may well have forgotten one or two dishes):
  • Eggplant with white beans, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with herbs
  • Fresh mozzarella rolled around arugula, with dried tomatoes
  • Tuna salad
  • Rolls
  • Mashed potato stuffed with cheese and deep fried--they looked like little potatoes
  • Spinach crepe
  • Spinach fritters
  • Spinach or chard ravioli
  • Fried cheese (provolone?)
  • Smoked sausage
  • Steak, two different cuts
  • Tiramisu (the best I have ever had)
  • Dulce de leche mousse (dulce de leche is an exquisite sort of caramel, though that doesn't do it justice)
  • Bread pudding squares
  • Passionfruit cheesecake
  • Espresso
  • Saint Felicien wine
  • Sparkling water
It was pricy for Argentina, almost $45 USD each including tip, but well worth every centavo. 

1 comment:

Deb said...

Yowser!! What a feast!! Can you recreate any of it for us when you get back? I'm so glad you're having such an excellent Argentinian tour!!!