March 14, 2009
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
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