Brazil's largest culinary event is Brasil Sabor (May 3-June 3, 2012), a sort of Restaurant Month promoted by Abrasel, the Brazilian Association of Bars and Restaurants, and with participating restaurants from all over the country. This year's edition is celebrating the Italy-Brazil Moment.
This year's slogan, "Quem tem boca vai a Roma", is a saying meaning, literally, "If you've got a mouth you'll get to Rome", and which applies to every situation in which you get the information you need by asking.
Portuguese speakers will do better in finding the information they need to choose participating restaurants in Brasil Sabor, since the event's official website is, unfortunately, still not available in other languages.
Italian restaurants are a natural choice for this year's theme and one of the top picks - lucky you if you're in Ceará - is Trattoria do Alfio. Italian chef Alfio De Santis, who said in this TV interview that his real name is Giuseppe Franco De Santis, is a living legend in Brazil culinary and a trailblazer in Fortaleza's Italian cuisine who started out in the 1980s with La Trattoria on Iracema Beach.
In 2007 he opened this cozy place serving his famous homemade pasta in the Varjota district, where he works surrounded by his children and loyal employees. For the festival, he's serving Fettuccine ai Gamberi (R$ 35,90, photo), pasta with shrimp, refried in olive oil and garlic.
Trattoria do Alfio:
Rua Prof. Dias da Rocha 303
Fortaleza - Ceará
Photo courtesy of Abrasel Ceará