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By Sarah Brown, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The 15th edition of Rio Restaurant Week began on Monday, September 19th and will continue through Sunday, October 9th. During the event, 43 participating restaurants throughout the city will each present a specifically made lunch or dinner.

Strudel with vanilla sauce by chef Romano Fontanive | photo by Pedro Lopes
Strudel with vanilla sauce by chef Romano Fontanive, photo by Pedro Lopes.

The event in Rio de Janeiro is part of the nationwide Brazil Restaurant Week. More than fifteen cities throughout the country participate in what is considered one of the largest food festivals in the world. The aim of Restaurant Week is to showcase the best of Brazilian gastronomy and provide a platform for the country’s established and upcoming chefs. It also gives food lovers the opportunity to try a variety of high quality and interesting foods at reasonable prices.

Renowned chef Romano Fontanive from the restaurant Gabbiano Al Mare in Ipanema will be cooking up both lunch and dinner dishes for R$53,90 and R$67,90 respectively. The lunch and dinner options include three courses, with the apple strudel with vanilla syrup a particular highlight on the dinner menu.

For those looking for some French classics, food lovers can choose between Bistro Ouvidor in the city center or Guy Restaurante in Lagoa. Those interested in Italian cuisine could consider Bottega Del Vino in Leblon, Don Camillo in Copacabana or Enotria Restaurante in Barra da Tijuca.

For a taste of Peru, food lovers may be interested in La Carioca Cevicheria in Ipanema, with another branch in Jardim Botanico. Nam Thai in Leblon represents Thai food for those interested in cuisine from Thailand.

For classic Brazilian gastronomy, visitors may consider Rayz Ipanema in Ipanema, or its sister branch Rays Via Parque in Barra da Tijuca. In Barra da Tijuca, Restaurante Terral brings a taste of the Mediterranean on its menu.

For the complete list of participants, their menu offerings, addresses and hours of operation, see the Restaurant Week Website.

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