T+L Reports: Latin Explosion
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T+L Reports: Latin Explosion

South America's food scene is heating up with five new restaurants. ARGENTINA The
stylish Casa Cruz (1658 Uriarte; 54-11/4833-1112; dinner for two $68) in Buenos
Aires highlights chef Germán Martitegui's urban Argentine cuisine (rabbit medallions
on raisin purée; poached lamb tenderloin). CHILE In Santiago, modish Puerto
(3969 Nueva Costanera; 56-2/208-8908; dinner for two $74) dips into the sea
for abalone ravioli laced with champagne cream and sea-urchin dumplings. BRAZIL At
Rio de Janeiro's Da Graça (780 Rua Pacheco Leao; 55-21/2249-5484; dinner
for two $20),
a kaleidoscopic display of religious icons competes with equally colorful
dishes, such as bolinhos (Cariocan fritters) garnished with salmon eggs. A-listers nibble
on bamboo-shoot cannelloni and other crudivorismo, or raw foods, at São Paulo's Deloonix (1709 Rua Bela Cintra; 55-11/3085-2078; dinner for two $66). Conventional Paulistas prefer
the sleek São (70 Rua Henrique Monteiro; 55-11/3034-5383; dinner for two
, which has a menu influenced by a 19th-century Italian cookbook. Guinea fowl with
broad beans, anyone?—CONNIE MCCABE

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