Buttina is the realm of chef Filomena Chiarella. She named Buttina for the shape of her native Italy and turned a vintage house, now remodeled and artfully decorated, into one of the best Italian restaurants in São Paulo.
Located in Pinheiros, Buttina gets a larger crowd on the 29th of each month, when chef Filó, as she's known by her many fans, serves her Gnocchi for Luck.
In late spring, people in São Paulo begin to look forward to the chef's jaboticaba ice cream, a treat made from the fruit in the garden. The tables under the jaboticaba trees are one of the city's most coveted spots for al fresco dining.
Buttina gets rave reviews, including an ode by writer Ignácio de Loyola Brandão that's shown on the restaurant's wall and website.
There's the great buffet serving cold dishes from Tuesday to Saturday - hot entrées are served on order.
On Saturdays and on the 29th, you may want to get the gnocchi with bracciola special. But you'll probably enjoy the other pasta in the menu as well. Chef Filó learned a thing or two growing up in Palazzo San Gervasio, in Basilicata, and she learned them well.
Buttina Sete e Meia :
Arrive at Buttina at 6:30p on Wednesdays and treat yourself to some of the specials, then stay on for Buttina Sete e Meia, or live music at 7:30p. The cover charge is just R$15.
Lunch: Tue-Fri 12p-2:30p, Sat 1p-3p, Sun and holidays, 1p-5p
Dinner: Tue-Thur 8p-11:30p, Fri 8p-12:30a
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Lunch Tue-Fri: R$8
Dinner, Sat, Sun: R$15