Move over Domino's: pizza home delivery is alive and well in Buenos Aires.
On a recommendation from one of our tour guides, Sean and I ordered from the most popular pizza home delivery chain, Romario. Choosing from items on the website, and ordering via phone (there was a glitch with the online ordering system at the time), I was told my order would arrive in no less than 40 minutes. And right she was: the intercom buzzed in 30 minutes. Here is what arrived:
The empanadas, or meat pies, were neither greasy nor dry, bland nor tasty --- just OK. The pizzas looked appetizing, but two things annoyed me: (1) There was very little sauce; and (2) They were not pre-cut, necessitating me having to use a large kitchen knife to cut them. I mean, who travels to Buenos Aires with a pizza wheel?
I'm not exactly running to call Domino's or Papa John's once I return to San Antonio, but pizza apparently appeals to very local tastes. The porteños, or Buenos Aires locals, say that they love their pizza and for those who've been to New York or Italy, they say they prefer their own here.
Earlier in the day, while walking around the historic San Telmo and La Boca neighborhoods, I spotted a table of empanadas:
These empanadas, unlike the ones I'd had earlier, were baked, rather than fried. (In Argentina, there is a 'food fight' between those who prefer their meat pies baked or fried, FYI.) The chicken one was rather interesting, a bit dry, but had big chunks of chicken:
Pizza and empanada shops abound in Buenos Aires, and though I've been enjoying the empanadas more than the pizzas, I definitely intend to do more testing.