About Aldo’s Palermo
The brainchild of sommelier Aldo Graziani, the Palermo branch of his eponymous restaurant offers up the same solid contemporary fare with Italian and Mediterranean influence and a wide array of local vintages as the Monserrat one, but in more space. The leafy front patio is a lovely spot for a lazy outdoor lunch prepared by chef Leonardo Azulay, while a dynamic team of sommeliers make excellent recommendations from the 500-strong cellar, named after the late Argentine wine writer Elisabeth Checa. They take pride in selecting vintages from small- and medium-size producers though there’s also a boutique selection of Chilean bottles made by Pedro Parra. Star dishes include steak carpaccio and fungi risotto.
The creation of celebrity somm Aldo Graziani, Aldo’s is a great combination of wine bar, restaurant and wine store. They have branches in Retiro and Palermo, but the one not to be missed is the one in San Telmo, as it boasts what is arguably Buenos Aires’ best jazz club, Bebop, in its basement.