Saturday evening, I decided it was time to try some nightlife in different parts of the city. Living in Palermo, I love being surrounded by the boutique shops and trendy restaurants, but it was time to explore other parts of the city and we headed off for an evening in San Telmo. Constantly tagged as “bohemian,” this small neighborhood is well known in the city for having a famous antiques market every Sunday. The street vendors line up and sell everything you can imagine, and indoors there are genuine antiques from all over the world to satisfy even the most serious of buyers. Although we had witnessed this during the day, we proceeded to head over to an Italian restaurant that was a recommendation from a friend and found ourselves comfortably seated at Amici Miei, overlooking the Plaza Dorrego, right in the heart of San Telmo.
We decided on changing up the Argentine wine game, and ordered a bottle of Landó 2008 Cabernet – Malbec blend. We usually go straight for the 100% Malbecs from Mendoza, but we feeling the urge to try something new. Upon first glance the color was dark cherry red, almost black in the center and with a quick smell, the fragrance of fresh blackberries, currants and raspberries filled my nose. The taste was sweet, a bit tannic, but still easy to drink. Although as a lover of red wine (especially red wine from Argentina!), what kind isn’t?
We had both decided to splurge on eating pasta, since they were all homemade and it seemed like the thing to get on the menu. I went with a tagliatelle in a red wine reduction with fresh herbs and ground pork that paired exceptionally well with our malbec blend wine selection. The rich flavors and acidity drank nicely with my pork and the decadence of my sauce, cutting the fats and leaving a long finish on my palate. My husband went with gnocchi, and although usually thought to be heavy and creamy, this was anything but. The ricotta-spinach balls were lighter than air, filled with fresh spinach and covered in a light, chicken stock sauce with just a touch of parmigiano reggiano and fresh tomato pieces. Despite a lot of fresh pasta shops in Buenos Aires, this was one of the first pasta meals we truly loved since we’ve arrived.
Maybe the wine wasn’t the perfect pairing for the gnocchi, but we continued to savor each sip of the bottle before calling it a night. We headed home at a reasonable hour (early for Buenos Aires standards, of course) and continued our quiet and lazy weekend through Sunday. Sometimes you just need to eat, sleep and relax!