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Villa Otto

Escape Zona Sul and find a little culinary corner in Tijuca

Villa Otto

Main courses from R$ 29.50 to R$ 54

Open Sun-Thu noon-midnight; Fri-Sat noon-1am

Rua Uruguai 218, Tijuca, Tijuca

Telephone (21) 2208 8899

Nearby Stations
Metrô Saens Peña

Villa Otto website

A good Italian in Zona Norte isn’t so easy to find, which makes Villa Otto (formerly Saltimboca) on Tijuca’s very own little gastro-strip of Rua Uruguai a pleasant exception to the rule. The wine humidifier is packed to the gills with largely South American options (Chileans being the most widely represented) starting at R$36, but the real house speciality is the homemade pasta. Shut away in a flour-filled room the pasta chef turns out tray after tray of hand-spun creations with aplomb.

The bread basket and dips makes for an acceptable couvert, but make a bee-line for the pasta and you shouldn’t be disappointed. The Torteloni Dell Bosco (R$32) is filled with creamy cheese and served in a rich basil sauce, and the difference between that and the non-fresh penne with filé mignon is a marked one, so order with care. Seafood is also well-represented, with the Polipo alla Zuchero (R$44) particularly noteworthy, consisting of two fat-yet-tender octopus tentacles in a white wine and garlic sauce.

27 Jul 2012.

Words by Time Out Rio de Janeiro editors
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