The Girl From Ipanema Goes...To Eat Pizza?
If you're Brazilian, or, a Cariocaphile (a Rio lover) then you've already started the countdown for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Back in October, we were down in the "Marvelous City" and right smack in the middle of Copacabana Beach with the rest of Rio for the world announcement. Don't worry, our writer Shira Levine cased the joint to check things out for those of you considering getting your Olympic Games on in, uhhh six and half years. Questions or suggestions? Let us know.
Forty-seven years ago, Antonio Carlos Jobim wrote the famed bossa nova song "Girl from Ipanema" about the tall and tan and young and lovely Heloisa Pinheiro at the restaurant Garota de Ipanema (which means Girl from Ipanema in Portuguese). Watch the video here.
It's a way touristy place to go complete with cheesy details like blown up lyric sheets hanging from the walls and the sale of t-shirts with the lyrics scribbled across.
But unlike most touristy restaurants, it has legitimately delicious food. The boteco specializes in a DIY greasy beef dish called picanha which is served on a griddle with rice and farofa along with fries on the side, but the real gem was the most delicious pizza we've ever eaten in our lives. The pie that forever changed our lives was thin crusted, with very little tomato sauce, cheese, pineapple, ham, and thinly sliced fried bananas dusted with cinnamon. Delicioso!
And despite being a tourist trap in a chic nabe of Ipanema, Garota is a budget place for pizza and beer.
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· Garota de Ipanema [Official Site]
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