One of the main foods often consumed in Buenos Aires is pasta. Sundays are even known as pasta day for many families, who aren’t doing asado (the argentine beef barbecue). There have been many pasta restaurants we have recommended in the past, including but not limited to Salgado Alimentos, La Parolaccia, Piegari, and others. Well, Doppio Zero pretty much blows all of those out of the water (except Salgado Alimentos which would be a solid number two on my list, and actually if taken on a price to quality ratio, would be tied for first since Doppio Zero is a bit more expensive).
After finding this restaurant on my friend Allie’s blog… we had to try it.
Tucked away on Soldado de la Independencia and Federico Lacroze in Las Canitas, this classic Italian restaurant has a great menu of options from cold appetizers like a mozarella and musrhoom dish, or delicious caprese salad, to hot treats like eggplant lasagna and stuffed provolone cheese. We had all of those, which were all excellent. The presentation caught the eye, the flavors and ingredients were superb. The only slight let down was the stuffed shrimp, which while it sounded good, wasn’t that tasty.
Our main dishes were a peanut pesto and a lemon-butter, creamed spinach stuffed pasta with chuncks of salmon. The pesto was very good, and although it did not have enough garlic for my taste, Lourdes quite enjoyed it, and my salmon dish was *outstanding*. Really, outstanding. It is rare in Buenos Aires that you get layers of flavor and complexity in a pasta dish but this had the cream and spinach layer, accented by the meaty salmon, with just a hint of the chewy pasta, followed by the kick of the lemon butter. Big smiles!
I was very happy to see that they also had adequate wine storage units for their very nice wine list! The wine list at this restaurant was one of the better lists I have seen, with Las Perdices wines, Huarpe and even one from Carinae. This was the icing on the cake as I knew I could find a nice Argentine wine to go with my pasta. We ended up having just a glass of Padrillos Pinot Noir, which is actually a Catena Zapata wine brand, but it was nice enough. We always lament that more restaurants in Argentina do not have wine by the glass lists, and force you to get full bottles…. fine for 4 people but when you are two and one of you drinks very little you do not want to take 1/3 of a bottle home for later. The Padrillos Pinot Noir is never something that you would see at our wine tastings in Buenos Aires, but it was a nice red wine, with good fruit and structure. It did not have much of the typicity that you look for in a Pinot, like red fruit and minerality, but was decent.
All in all Doppio Zero is a highly recommended pasta restaurant in Buenos Aires.