I was really surprised to see so many pizzerias in São Paulo and discovered that there are more than 31 million Brazilians of Italian descent, representing approximately 18% of the population. So, no wonder why pizza is so popular in Brazil: there are in fact 6,000 establishments in São Paulo and it is said that 1.4 million pizzas are consumed on a daily basis. But in the restaurants, there is no pizza by the slice and no eating with your hands...
So we went to Margherita Pizzeria, a place that opened in 1981 and has since been a very popular place. In fact, when we were there, it was so packed! But no worries: the service was not affected and pizza kept coming at a fast pace. The secret: two wood fire ovens and an army of cooks in the back.
It is a fairly big place with the bar at the entrance and a large dining room with white and red checkered table cloths.
We decided to get some beer with our meal and picked some beer produced in Brazil:
We started off with some appetizers. First was La Piccola di Bianco a thin crust pizza with extra virgin olive oil and parmesan.
And Pao de Linquiça that is bread with Calabrese type sausage:
Then, we ordered some pizza:
Prosciutto Crudo - Mozzarella di buffala and prosciutto:
Quattro Formaggi (mozzarella, cheese spread, gorgonzola and parmesan):
Half of the pizza had mushrooms, ham and olives (right). The other half Alici (anchovies filet):
Then of course was dessert: I could not resist ordering the flan that was made with condensed milk:
This was a very good meal: the pizza had a delicious thin crust with a nice char and I really did not expect pizza was so popular there. After trying it at Margherita, I understand why.
Alameda Tietê, 255 – Jardins
Esquina com a rua Haddock Lobo, 1255
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Enjoy (I did)!
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