Check out the bars and restaurants most remembered by public in the northern region of São Paulo. According to Datafolha poll it were 3 restaurants, a steakhouse, a pizzeria and a bar.
Nico Pasta & Basta
The dining room is large and formal, even though the tables have no heavy table cloths. The fare here is traditional, from eggplant a la parmigiana for starters to the polenta with veal shin ragout as a main course. The spaghettini with vongoli is the suggested pasta.
Novilho de Prata
It's a traditional Brazilian steakhouse, with a large dining room and an unfussy decor. But it has comfortable furniture and a big table with a salad buffet to accompany the coming and going of the classic meat rodízio. The five branches follow the same principle.
In this Australian-inspired American franchise, one of the most ordered platters is the fried giant onion. It serves as a starter for the grilled dishes, such as the lamb chops with herbs. As for drinks, iced teas and sodas can be refilled without charge.
In this simple and small venue, the decor's hallmark are the wainscot walls and the old black and white photos of São Paulo. The pizzas have a thin dough and various toppings. The one named after the restaurant comes with tenderloin, gorgonzola cheese and tomato.
Tempero das Gerais
A modest building houses this "Mineiro" (from Minas Gerais State) restaurant, that offers 26 brands of cachaça –all from Minas Gerais. The menu lists dishes like leitão pururuca (roasted piglet with a crispy skin, with mashed beans in manioc flour, kale and rice) and the Zona da Mata (with chicken or ribs, okra, beans and polenta).
As the sun sinks low, the assiduous customers at this popular bar dispute tables so as to try Souza the barman's famous caipirinhas; among them, physalis with pineapple. For eats, go for the coxinha chicken thighs deep fried with bread crumbs, some of the best in town.