The finest Italian food in town can be found at Dom Giuseppe (Av. Conselheiro Furtado 1420, Batista Campos, tel. 91/4008-0001, www.domgiuseppe.com.br, 6 p.m.–midnight daily, noon–3 p.m. Sun., R$20–30), a charming house with wooden floors and white and red accents. Although recipes are devoutly Italian, the tastes are sharply enhanced by the use of ingredients supplied by local producers. For instance, the smooth, creamy, mozzarella comes from regional buffalo herds while the semolina used in the polenta is from a local manioc farm. Even the chocolate that is the mainstay of rich desserts such as the brownie topped with cream sorvete and cashews comes from cocoa grown in the interior of Pará. The wine list is quite impressive.
Hatobá (Blvd. Castilhos França, Estação das Docas, tel. 91/3212-3143, noon–midnight Sun.–Thurs., noon–2 a.m. Fri.–Sat., R$20–35) specializes in quite decent sushi and sashimi, but you can also find a wide selection of other fare ranging from salads, chicken, beef, and fish dishes to pastas and regional specialties. Lunch functions as a self-service buffet. The riverside location also makes Hatobá a favorite happy-hour haunt, particularly Sunday–Thursday 5–9 p.m., when sushi and appetizers are half-price.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition