In a city full of stodgy Italian food, this elegant neighbourhood favourite is bringing innovation and sophistication back to a hackneyed cuisine. Owner and sommelier Mariano Akman knows his grapes, and after welcoming you to his casa, will ensure your culinary journey is perfectly paired with Argentinian vintages. White tablecloths, scrawled chalkboards and strategically placed wine bottles create a simple canvas for a menu that is anything but. At AR$130, the seven-course tasting menu is excellent value, but if you're going à la carte, the chicken liver pâté is the smoothest of starters, laced with chunks of port wine-infused figs, all served on a crispy biscuit base. Made-from-scratch pastas, risotto, fresh catch of the day or ossobuco follow, while the figs make a welcome return come dessert, in the semifreddo with honey and hazelnuts.