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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
We happened upon this place in Puerto Madero by accident during the lunch hour. We were strolling around on foot when we realized that it was the start of lunch time in Buenos Aires---1pm.
It started to spit rain and we began looking for a place that looked good for lunch. A nearby high rise building disgorged for lunch and at least 30 men and women made a beeline for La Madeline. If that many people favored the place we figured that it must be good. And it certainly was!
The restaurant advertised that it specialized in Italian, pizzas and soufflés. The place was absolutely jam packed and when we asked for a table in the non-smoking section we figured there would be a long wait. To our amazement we were seated almost immediately in a section "around the corner" that wasn't visible from the main doors.
A selection of bread arrived and we enjoyed a couple of pieces while checking out the very ambitions menu. Looking at the food being served to our fellow diners (tables were nearly touching and it was easy to check out other plates) everything looked just great.
My wife ordered a Margarita pizza and I went with a Parpadelle with tomato sauce, touch of cream, mushrooms and parmesan cheese. Cindy's pizza was good. Very simple, just as she had hoped with a generous amount of cheese, a dash of red sauce and a little basil. My dish was one of the best Italian pasta dishes I've ever enjoyed. Parpadelle is like fettuccini on steroids. It's a large, flat, wide, long noodle. You could tell that the pasta was fresh here and the sauce was just right. Not too heavy, not too light, and the portion was extremely generous. It was almost more than I could eat at lunch.
Prices here are very, very reasonable and our waiter went out of his way to accommodate us even though he spoke hardly any English and we spoke hardly any Spanish.
We really enjoyed our experience here and can highly recommend it to you!
As far as I can tell they don't have a web site but if you speak Spanish, this site might be helpful.
Just ask anybody in the Puerto Madero area where the place is and they'll send you on your way. They're located at Alicia Moreau de Justo 102. Enjoy!!!!
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