Florentino was already one of my favorite restaurants in Mendoza, but last Sunday it just went up ten fold in my expectations with its new Tardecitas Florentinas night.
Nestled in the attractive courtyard of Florentino restaurant, the evening was accompanied by live music from the very sultry Mariana Paraway. Singing her own songs in English, Spanish and French, and playing guitar, piano and the ukulele, her emotive vocals and heartfelt playing was a perfect setting for an evening of good food and wine.
Caelum was the winery of the night and along with their Rosado and Cabernet Sauvignon wines, the restaurant cooked up a five course meal. Highlights included a pork stew with polenta; banana chips with red pepper dip; and Spanish style spinach croquettes.
The restaurant itself is a bit of an art haven with a small design shop and some rather cheeky paintings by local artist Veronica Aguirre, and so it sits perfectly with their new music evenings. Whether on a date, with a group of friends, or simply dining alone – this was a really absorbing evening and a true gem in Mendoza’s event calendar.
Tardecitas Florentinas is a monthly food, art and live music event at Florentino restaurant on Plaza Italia. It is part of owner Sebastian Flores’ project to merge the art and culinary world: Mendoza Food Culture. Contact the restaurant for more information on future dates: Florentino Bistro, Montevideo 675, (261) 464 9077.
Amanda Barnes is a British journalist living in Mendoza who secretly loves going to a restaurant alone in the evening.