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Fodor’s Choice Brazil: Dining

476, Rio de Janeiro
At the end of a road you’ll find this lovely establishment with stunning coastal views. 476 is all about simplicity. In fact there are only a handful of entrées, but each one is delectable. The most memorable include moquecas (seafood stews), grilled seafood, and curries. The restaurant has only 20 tables, some in a lovely garden at water’s edge. Seafood, $-$$$

Porcão, Rio de Janeiro
The ultimate in Brazilian churrascaria experiences, Porcão has bow-tied waiters who flit expertly between linen-draped tables, wielding giant skewers, and slicing portions of sizzling barbecued beef, pork, and chicken until you say uncle. The buffet is huge, with salads, sushi, and, on Saturdays, more than 15 types of feijoada, a Brazilian specialty. Brazilian, $$$

Antiquarius, Rio de Janeiro
This much-loved establishment is famous for its flawless rendering of Portuguese classics. A recommended dish is the cozido, a stew with onions, yams, carrots, pumpkin, cabbage, bananas, and more. The cataplana, a seafood stew with rice, is also marvelous, and the perna de cordeiro (leg of lamb) is the most requested dish on the menu. Portuguese, $$$-$$$$

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Satyricon, Rio de Janeiro
Some of the best seafood in town is served at this eclectic Italian seafood restaurant, which has impressed the likes of Madonna and Sting. The pargo (fish baked in a thick layer of rock salt) is a specialty, and the sushi and sashimi are well loved. The staff does a remarkable job handling the often very busy room. You’re sure to be pleased. Seafood, $$$-$$$$

Olympe, Rio de Janeiro
The menu’s all-Brazilian ingredients are a unique trait of this innovative restaurant that blends native flavors with nouvelle techniques. Every dish—from the crab or lobster flan to chicken, fish, and duck prepared with exotic herbs and sauces—is exceptionally light. You have not lived, however, until you’ve sampled something from the dessert menu. French, $$$$

Quadrifoglio, Rio de Janeiro
Considered by most locals to be the best Italian restaurant in the city, cozy Quadrifoglio is tucked away on a quiet street. The food and the service are impeccable, and the setting is quiet and atmospheric. The restaurant has been around since 1991 and much of the original waitstaff still works here. Still, you can expect new and interesting takes on Italian classics. Italian, $$-$$$

Famiglia Mancini, São Paulo
A huge wheel of provolone cheese is the first thing you see at this warm restaurant. An incredible buffet with cheeses, olives, sausages, and much more makes finding a tasty appetizer a cinch. The menu has many terrific pasta options, such as the cannelloni with palm hearts and a four-cheese sauce. All dishes serve two people. Italian, $$$-$$$$

Braz, São Paulo
Its name comes from one of the most traditional Italian neighborhoods in town, and no one argues that it doesn’t have the right. Each of the nearly 20 types of crisp-crusted pizzas is delicious, from the traditional margherita to the house specialty, pizza braz, with tomato sauce, zucchini, and mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Everything here is made with great care and a pinch of passion. Pizza, $-$$

Photos (l-r): (1) Satyricon; (2) pitangas; (3) Porcão

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