Ella Pizzaria

Pizza in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Image by Tom Le Mesurier Lonely Planet

Located in a prime spot next to the Jardim Botânico, this upmarket pizzeria offers Neapolitan-style pizzas with elaborate toppings such as crispy octopus, smoked pancetta and wild arugula. Drinks are taken as seriously as the pizzas, with staff behind a sunken bar serving excellent cocktails (try the Negroni). The exposed brick walls and subdued lighting lend a stylish, romantic ambience.

The word pizzaria in the restaurant’s name is not a spelling mistake – that’s the Portuguese spelling.