March 14, 2009

Pizzeria Capri–Mendoza’s Oldest Pizzeria


They say that something of true quality will stand the test of time, and that is certainly true for Pizzeria Capri, Mendoza's oldest pizzeria.  After 46 years in business, it doesn't show signs of going anywhere soon, and with good reason. 

We found it by chance–by asking the parking attendant where our car was parked for a place to grab a quick lunch.  Without skipping a beat, he said "Capri!  You have to go to Capri! "  We weren't disappointed. 

We arrived just in time to get a table before the lunchtime rush.  Soon, the restaurant was filled with people–business men with ties tucked into shirts, elderly couples from the neighborhood, local construction workers wearing orange vests.

Waiters bustled about the tables, shouting orders over the counter at the back, making joking banter with the customers.  Our order was ready so fast that for a split second I had my doubts about how good the pizza would be. 

And then I sank into my first bite.  It was everything a good Argentinean-style pizza should be:  Deep-dish, crusty, yeasty dough with just enough good greasy flavor.  And the cheese–flavorful, melty Mozzarella thickly layered over the top and stretching out with each bite.  A few salty green olives  on top.  We washed it all down with a big glass of Quilmes (what else?) and too soon were on our way.

Capri doesn't dazzle with its looks–but it's often these unassuming spots that serve the best food.  It's situated on a busy side street in an area of town tourists seldom go.  It's got a long counter seating area, plain tile floors, fluorescent lighting overhead.  Rectangular tables scatter the room, spare chairs and pizza boxes are stacked in the corner.  But what it lacks in atmosphere ends up being one of the qualities that make it so charming.  It's completely without pretense, a simple spot for the Average Jose to grab a quick lunch or a pizza to go.  It truly is a local treasure, and people know it–the proof is in the pizza.


La Valle 109

phone: 4 230 262

no web page

More photos on my flickr photostream, From Argentina With Love


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6 Responses to “Pizzeria Capri–Mendoza’s Oldest Pizzeria”

  1. My husband is from Argentina…We make pizza all the time and he has to have the green olives! We hope to get to Argentina soon. Looks beautiful!

  2. Love the cheese with green olives — that’s something I can try here, though I doubt it will be as good as this one!

  3. Looks wonderful, and I have to agree that sometimes the old tried and true recipes will last forever and never get old.

  4. Oh. My. Gosh! That pizza looks soooo good.

  5. Ooo la la! That is one good looking pizza. A pizza is not a true pizza without aceitunas!

  6. I lOve green Olives! this looks so yummy!

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