Towards the end of my stay in Buenos Aires, I kept walking past Quotidiano, a charming mid-range Italian restaurant chain set up for quick lunches and longer dinners. One Tuesday lunchtime, I needed something substantial and decided to try it out.
Location: Av. Callao 1299, C1023 CABA, Argentina
Opening Hours: Su-Th: 8am-12am, F-Sa: 8am-1am
Website: Click here
From what I could find out online, Quotidiano is best known for light but delicious pasta dishes.
I got set up at a shared table and perused the menu. I was drawn in by the prospect of a chicken-based pasta dish and – as you can tell – the prospect of carbs does make me smile!
Shortly after 12 noon, the room was bustling with the lunch crowd, mainly workers dashing out from the office to grab a bite at one of the shared tables. However, there are tables for couples and small groups and one or two people were enjoying a cheeky glass of red wine!
Quotidiano is strongly branded around the letter ‘Q’. Silverware was presented in a branded napkin and the letter is repeated on wall art, menus and the bill.
Quotidiano knows its market: Italian food served quickly. Before long, my tortellini stuffed with chicken arrived with a waft of savoury umami scents. The dressing was the most delicious fresh herb butter. For some the seasoning might have been a little too high, but for me this was just about perfect. A large piece of crusty bread would have been the perfect complement to soak up those juices, but sadly was not on offer.
The portion size here is just big enough to fill one person. There is no doubt that this is sized for lunch portions, but would be insufficient for a main meal.
I left wishing I’d found this pasta place earlier in my trip. Or perhaps, with all those rich carbs, the last day was just the right time to find it! It left me wanting more, not a bad claim for a restaurant.