Thanks to large swathes of cross-continental immigration in the last century, Buenos Aires has a rich tradition in Italian cuisine. Exceptional, unpretentious and rustic pasta dishes can be found all across the city, mostly in places foreigners rarely venture. Situated on the fringes of the edgy Colegiales district, the traditional cantina Rondinella is a fine example of this breed.
Look beyond its lacklustre curb appeal and simplistic interior décor (read strip lighting and plain canteen crockery) – submit yourself to the atmospheric local vibe generated by diners who frequent on a daily basis.
Rondinella’s traditional, Italian food makes no pretentions to grandeur. It’s simple, old school homely fare – with portions to match. The house speciality of Fusilli al Fierrito alla Scarparo (fresh homemade pasta) really stands out, while the Mozzarella Milanesa and Trucha a la Manteca Negra make excellent alternatives. Okay, so the mood of the enigmatic waiters often impacts negatively on the service. But the quality of the food and the low prices will more than compensate.