NileGuide Expert Says:
Gero's top-notch Italian cuisine and sophisticated ambience attracts a discerning clientele - dress the part, or you might not get past the door. It goes without saying that this is not the place for sandals and shorts.
Rua Anibal de Mendonça 157
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
55 21 2239 8158
NileGuide Expert tip:
Make sure you book your table at Gero at least a couple of days in advance if you want to dine here on a Friday or Saturday evening. And leave the shorts and flip flops at home – you'll need to scrub up well if you want to make it past the doorstaff.
Named Best Italian Restaurant in Rio by critics at food and drink bible Veja Rio Comer e Beber, Gero is the ultimate in sophisticated dining. Owned by the Fasano hotel and restaurant chain, this uber-chic features a good deal of exposed brick, chrome and stripped wood, and the general ambience is of understated elegance. The fresh pasta dishes here are excellent – try the duck ravioli served with a light orange sauce – while the shrimp risotto with pumpkin is another enduringly popular speciality of the house. The wine list is among the best in the city, and an expert sommelier is on hand to offer advice. Dishes start at around R$55, but are worth every penny.