One of the classic Buenos Aires pizza joints, El Cuartito started serving Argentina’s famous crusty pizzas in 1934. After 74 years of regular cleanings and no renovations—think yellowing sports posters, high wainscoting, and sprinting white-jacketed waiters—it feels like a perfectly unironic period piece. The whirlwind lunch period, when the place fills with taxi drivers plus lawyers and clerks from the nearby courts, is a perfect time to grab a piece of the delicious onion-and-cheese fugazzetta or a slice of tomato, mozzarella, garlic, and parsley napolitana. Locals match the pizza with a glass of sweet, fortified Moscato wine.
Insider Tip: If you want to soak in the atmosphere without spending a two-hour lunch, order at the counter and eat standing at the bar (cash only).
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.