Avenida Irarrázaval, 2423
tel: (0)2 341 3675
Pizzas, pastas and gnocchi are way above par at this unobtrusive trattoría a few blocks from Plaza Ñuñoa in Santiago. For less than $10 US, you'll walk away pleasantly full, with food prepared by an Italian-trained staff for Chilean tastes. That means the arrabiata won't be that spicy, but the rest of the food is delicately prepared, but not fussy. The pizza crusts is thin, but not overly so, and has a nice combination of cheese and sauce uncommon to find in this part of South America. It's similar to NY pizza (as told by more than one New Yorker), but doesn't promote itself as such. Wine is also sold by the glass and bottle and the craft Chilean beer Die M shows up on the menu, and on your red-checked table cloth if you so desire. The born-in-Naples owner is always on hand, and dinner starts with small pieces of hot bread with ricotta. Ask for merquén (indigenous Mapuche spice from the south) for a southern Chilean twist on an Italian favorite to spice up your dish if you like.