Where do chefs eat? With Uélita Bertani, from Piccini Cucina, in São Paulo

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At 22 years old, Uélita Bertani packed up and left for the Italy to work as a maid.

It was during a trip to Sardinia, land of fregula and bottarga, that he learned some cooking techniques. At the time, the professional discovered her true vocation: cooking.

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Back in Brazil and focusing on her passion for cooking, Uélita went to study in the capital of Minas Gerais, where she worked with chef Ivo Faria. After passing in Belo Horizonteshe landed in Sao Pauloand passed through the Unique hotel and the extinct Attimo.

The Italian house in Vila Nova Conceição was even where Uélita met Francisco Pinheiro friend and mentor of the professional.

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After national baggage, Portugal was the country chosen as his home until 2021, until he returned to Brazil to command the kitchen of the Piccini Cucina an Italian restaurant in Jardins that serves a classic menu with welcome reinterpretations of recipes from the country of the boot.

Outside of her working hours, the chef also tries out other flavors in the capital of São Paulo and shares with the CNN Travel & Gastronomy their favorite addresses of where to eat well in São Paulo and surroundings. Spoiler: most choices take the professional to the north side of the city.

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I love northeastern food and fava bean is a Brazilian restaurant with extremely affective food, which I recommend.

In addition, the kitchen of the house in Santana is headed by my mentor and friend Francisco Pinheiro.

Rua Doutor César, 1288 – Santana, São Paulo – SP / Tel.: (11) 96829-0676 / Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm and from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm; Friday and Saturday from 12:00 to 16:00 and from 19:00 to 23:00.


O lasso It is super modern and presents us with a breathtaking view of the capital of São Paulo, with views from Campo de Marte to Serra do Mar. Not to mention that the cuisine of the house, which focuses on Italian cuisine, is beyond tasty.

The revolving bar on the 29th floor is charming, with a menu of signature and classic drinks, and, again, the panoramic view is beautiful.

Rua Conselheiro Saraiva, 207, 28th floor – Santana, São Paulo – SP / Tel.: (11) 2373-7717 / Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 18:00 to 00:00; Saturday from 12pm to 4pm and 6pm to midnight and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.


O Myk is a Greek restaurant that has an interesting charm. It’s amazing how excellent the service of the house is.

Under the leadership of chef Mariana Fonseca, I consider the food light and impeccable, with a predominance of fish, seafood, meat and salads.

And you can still spend a long time admiring the decoration, which brings a piece of Greece to São Paulo.

Rua Peixoto Gomide, 1972 – Jardins, São Paulo – SP / Tel.: (11) 2548-5391 / Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday from 12 pm to 4 pm and from 7 pm to midnight; Thursday from 19:00 to 00:00; Friday and Saturday from 12:00 to 00:00 and Sunday from 12:00 to 18:00.

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Mocotó tapioca dadinhos

O calf’s foot jelly no introductions or comments. I really like and go to chef Rodrigo Oliveira’s restaurant a lot.

From the classic tapioca dadinhos to the baião-de-two, you can order anything from the menu with your eyes closed. The price is super affordable and the drinks are fantastic!

Avenida Nossa Senhora do Loreto, 1100 – Vila Medeiros, São Paulo SP / Tel.: (11) 2951-3056 / Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 12 pm to 11 pm; Sundays and holidays from 11:30 am to 5 pm.

Santa Bottega

With artisanal and modern Italian cuisine, the Santa Bottega is actually in Alphaville. The friendly yellow facade gives the air of a typical Italian canteen.

In addition to the most varied and sophisticated dishes, from rigatoni to ragu with burrata and tagliata, I like the restaurant for its cozy atmosphere.

Avenida Vênus, 124 – Support Center 2 (Alphaville), Santana de Parnaíba – SP / Te.: (11) 99006-3577 / Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 12 pm to 3 pm and from 7 pm to 10:30 pm; Friday from 12pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 11pm; Saturday from 12:00 to 15:30 and from 19:00 to 23:00 and Sunday from 12:00 to 16:00.

Source: CNN Brasil

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