Herald favorites: pizzerias around Buenos Aires

Argentine cuisine has a deep Italian heritage and a penchant for distinctive flavors. These are the crusts in which we trust

Perhaps no restaurant in Buenos Aires City is as ubiquitous as the pizzeria. 

Whether you’re ordering takeout or popping in for a personal Neapolitan — replete with sliced tomatoes, melted mozzarella, and oregano — you’d be hard-pressed to find a neighborhood that doesn’t have its share of options. Such is life in a country with an Italian ancestry as deep and rich as Argentina’s. 

Still, not all pizzas are created equal, even within a given style. Chains like Kentucky, Almacén de Pizza, and the down-and-dirty Ugi’s have their signature pies, but the city’s individual pizzerias, like its patrons, contain multitudes. 

There are thick, quiche-like pizzas de molde (pizzas from the pan) that are not for the faint of heart or the lactose-intolerant; onion-caked fugazzettas, which are almost a sub-category of pie unto themselves; and masa madre or sourdough pizza that tends to be airier. Of course, no Argentine cuisine would be complete without a grill; countless parrillas offer their own thin-crust delicacies.

Whatever your preference, there’s bound to be a pizza for you within the city’s limits. Here are some of our favorites — and a smattering of suggestions for what you might try to order.

The Herald’s 10 favorite pizzerias

Guerrín (Corrientes 1368, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays) — A downtown classic that makes for a convenient stop after a matinee or an evening show. The lines are long, so plan accordingly.

Pizzería Las Cuartetas (Corrientes 838, 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Monday to Thursday, Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 7 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.) — Established in 1932, Pizzería Las Cuartetas is famous for its thick, cheesy pies, so remember to bring a Tums or a Buscapina.

Banchero (Corrientes 1300, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Tuesday to Sunday) — Along with Las Cuartetas, Banchero is one of Buenos Aires’ oldest pizzerias, with separate locations in La Boca, Pilar and, yes, Miami Beach.

Pizzeria Los Campeones (Montes de Oca 856, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., Tuesday to Sunday) — A delightful place to catch dinner after watching Boca Juniors at La Bombonera.

Roma Bar (Dr. Tomás Manuel de Anchorena 806) — 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Monday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday and Sunday) — First established in 1927, this charming bar in Abasto is a great place to sip vermouth with a slice of sourdough pizza.

Eléctrica Pizza (Julián Álvarez 1295, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Tuesday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday) — Wood-oven sourdough pizza with vegan options in Palermo, including a plant-based pepperoni pizza with spicy aioli. It’s purposefully hard to tell the difference between the pizzería and the electrical workshop across the street, but we have faith in you.

C.A.N.C.H.A. (Loyola 902, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., Thursday to Monday) — Wood-oven pizza with inventive toppings like kale and smoked portobellos in Villa Crespo. Just be prepared to pull up a seat on a milk crate.

Gordo Chanta (Juan Ramirez de Velasco 1200, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Thursday to Monday) — Another charming spot in Villa Crespo, Gordo Chanta is the place to go if you want to put down a couple of small pies with a bottle of wine. 

Pony Pizza (Echeverría 1677, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Tuesday to Sunday) — Located on bustling Echeverría, Pony Pizza makes for an intimate date spot if you can find the seating.

Togni’s Pizza (Blanco Encalada 1665, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday) — If you’re craving some New York-style pizza, look no further than Togni’s in Belgrano.

A few of our favorite things

Anyone new to Argentine pizza would be remiss if they didn’t at least sample a slice of palmitos, huevos y jamon (hearts of palm, egg, and sliced ham). It may sound a little bit disgusting, but don’t knock till you try it! Other delicacies include the cheese-less pizza canchera (or pizza de cancha), which is heavy on tomato sauce, onion and garlic. 

And no pizza meal is complete without an order of fainá — a chickpea-based flatbread that makes for a scrumptious side. Top it all off with a moscato wine, and you not only have yourself a delicious meal but a classic track from the Argentine band Memphis La Blusera. 

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