Brazilians will tell you Pele is the greatest footballer of all time, Argentines will dare you not to say Diego Maradona. Most porteños say this is the best pizza joint in Buenos Aires, others will tell you their local corner shop serves the best – it’s as much of a question of taste as it is about competition.
Not only does El Cuartito serve some of Buenos Aires’ tastiest pizza, but also the atmosphere is pure old-school Buenos Aires. The strip-lit, 1930s dining hall is packed with ‘Diego’ memorabilia, photographs and shirts. El Cuartito (‘the little room’) has little sense of style, but oozes character.
The kitchen staff, who look as if they’re on the verge of heat exhaustion when in the kitchen, will chat away to customers about anything from pre-colonization history to their favourite cumbia art – Bombón Asesino by Ninel Conde is a good one, in case you need a conversation starter.
El Cuartito is constantly friendly and always busy, with customers popping in and out all through the afternoon until the end of the evening, when the gates are finally shut. At weekends it becomes a popular haven for high-society locals whose maids are off duty.