Restaurants

Top Choice Italian in Catamarca

Sopra Tutto

Excellent homemade pasta plates, beautifully presented and flavorsome, are produced in this warm, cozy corner trattoria that doubles as a pasta shop. Family owned and operated, it stuffs delicate cannelloni with cho…
Top Choice Argentine in Belén

1900

Beyond-the-call service is the key to this wood-paneled local steak house, a block down from the plaza. It’s very popular, but it hates to turn people away, so a Tetris-like reshuffling of tables is a constant featu…
Top Choice Argentine in Chilecito

El Rancho de Ferrito

A block west and seven north of Chilecito's plaza, this inviting local restaurant is worth every step. You’ve seen the menu before – except for house specialties such as cazuela de gallina (chicken stew – yum) and l…
Argentine in La Rioja

Orígenes

Smart and enthusiastic, Orígenes occupies a corner of a handsome 19th-century school now turned into a cultural center. It draws on local traditions but adds a modern chef's expertise. The result is a refreshing jol…
Parrilla in Catamarca

Salsa Criolla

Carnivores will find it worth the trek, just over 1km west of the center following Prado, to this high-class all-you-can-eat parrillada. It doesn’t try to stuff you with chorizo first like in some places – rather, i…
Pub Food in Chilecito

Borussia

A cavernous and, dare we say, hip restobar on Chilecito's plaza that gets a crowd for big football games on their large screens. It serves pizza, burgers and lomitos, and a range of milanesas too. It also has some v…
Pizza in Catamarca

Bar Richmond

The best choice on Plaza 25 de Mayo, this bright and tasteful place serves up delicious pizzas à la parilla. Think wood-fired flatbreads layered with everything from humitas to prosciutto and bandiola to rocket and …
Cafe in Catamarca

Caravati

The most inviting of Plaza 25 de Mayo's terraces, this cafe is named after the Italian architect who designed much of central Catamarca, including the cathedral alongside. The handsome interior is popular for pizzas…
Argentine in La Rioja

La Vieja Casona

Cheerfully lit and decorated, this kitchen turns out a range of regional specialties, creative house choices and a menu of standard Argentine dishes – the parrillada (mixed grill including steak) is particularly pop…
Italian in La Rioja

La Stanza

One of the best places in town, this stylish restaurant has an upbeat, urban vibe and serves imaginative pasta dishes that are a cut above most places. Better still are the inventive main dishes, which feature delic…