If we speak of quality Italian food in the city of Mendoza, La Marchigiana is the first thing that comes to mind, a traditional restaurant with two locations. One in the center of town and another in Palmares Open Mall. The main feature of this restaurant is the tradition passed from children to parents since the founder came from Italy to Mendoza and opened the restaurant. The food is of high quality and has been since its opening and they use seasonal produce. Also their wine list consists of Mendoza and other great jewels of the rest of Argentina. For the past many celebrities have made Marchigiana known and recognized nationally and internationally. Each celebrity that visits has a photo taken and it is hung in the entrance of the place that shows the history of the restaurant.
I had never been to this place, although I always saw its lights and the people filtering in and out. Indeed, after the Rafting in the cold waters of winter Atuel, I stopped in to eat something warm and comforting. The Boulevard Delight is a family business that has been working in San Rafael for decades, and this is a new branch recently opened. You can eat almost anything there, both sweet (ice cream, cakes, jams, crepes, chocolates, coffee, etc.), and savory things like chopped sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, etc. Most of the food they serve is homemade and handmade, prepared by pastry chefs that are behind the glass so that the public can see the kinds of delicious creations they're making. The Boulevard Delight is also a meeting place for groups of friends and families, if the desktop is very long and the kids are bored, have a particularly meant for them with playground where they can play under the care of an employee. It is also a place visited by many tourists who come there with their vehicles crammed with small-ish luggage you can park on the side street that has the presence of a caregiver.
On the wine trail you will pass through Lujan de Cuyo and Maipú to visit up to 3 wineries in the region. In each of the wineries we found to be distinct either by it's architecture, history or modernity, applied technology, being a boutique winery or for the production of organic wines, just to give some examples. By taking the tour you experience many different features allowing you to see and understand the variety of wineries and vines. This is a great reason to take a tour on the wine routes.
When talking about chocolates in Mendoza, the obligatory reference is The Shack, with an average production of 10 tons of chocolate every day. The company, founded by Carlos Smovir, began as a family business in the '70s and today markets its products based on their very own recipes all around the country of Argentina. A similar business in the city can be found here: Ketobac
This cafe is decorated entirely in shades of grey. Most clients come here for the free wifi, bringing their laptops to get some work done while sipping a drink. That's really the main advantage of this rather charmless location.
Be careful of tourist traps like this one! The prices are are far too high compared to what you'll pay elsewhere, the portions are skimpy, and really, it has absolutely no charm. The staff are friendly though, and the interior is quite nice, with stone and wood.
It is about 1 hour away from Lujan de Cuyo. It is situationed in Vista Flores - Tunuyan. This nova wine, was born in the year 1998 and a product of 7 french friends ve got together in Argentina to cultivate wines that work well in harmony, in a beautiful environment. Reserve through email@example.com
Dates, nuts, candies, raisins, quince, chocolate, cookies, wine, figs, olives, handicrafts, souvenirs ... All this and much more can be found in Ketobac, a family business operating since 1982 which puts the excellence of its products as a priority,in San Rafael, Mendoza. Another similar establishment in Mendoza is La Cabaña. The Shack
After a thrilling and hilarious session of Atuel River Rafting, I went to Cactus, the exclusive restaurant located on the very top floor of the building and fully integrated with the landscape. The view from the terrace is spectacular. You can eat surrounded by magnificent scenery, watch the rafts go down the River Atuel, or enjoy the sun and the mountains. They serve regional food and good local wines in a relaxed atmosphere with stunning surroundings. The staff is friendly. Go and enjoy.
Supposedly, the best place to stop during a road trip is where all the truckers and drivers do. This is the case for the "Restaurant La Paz", in the province of Mendoza, on Route 7 near the entrance to La Paz. Do not expect luxury in these places, but quick service and good quality home cooking. And if you are able to talk to a local, it is sure to be interesting. I was chatting with some drivers and found out the details of the upcoming roads. They also told me that sometimes they have to take other drivers whose trucks have caught on fire, but that's another story. Coordinates: S 33 ° 26'14 "W 67 ° 30'34"
Fish, seafood, pastas, pizzas, pies, chicken, pork, goat, grill, kabobs, salads ... And the list goes on and on in this comprehensive menu. Estancia La Florencia also has a wide variety of wines. The service, the recommendation of their dishes and the quality of their products has given it a lot of fame and it is frequented by many artists and celebrities on their way through Mendoza, as seen in countless photographs displayed on the walls. The magnificent decoration made with utensils and tools specific to the field, perfectly restored antique furniture, old radios and telephones, wagon wheels are worth a special recognition ... And if you want a souvenir you can buy some products with the logo of the establishment: ashtrays, clocks, wine boxes, mates, etc..