Best, but most expensive Italian cuisine in Rio
Expect nothing but perfection at Fasano al Mare. This high-end restaurant is located on the ground floor of the recently opened Fasano Hotel (inaugurated in August 2007), which is the most elegant spot in Rio de Janeiro. It also serves the best Italian food in town and perhaps the whole of Brazil (along with its sister restaurant in São Paulo). Designed by Philippe Starck, the restaurant does not lack in aesthetics, and its clientele are equally beautiful. Expect high prices too, but Fasano al Mare is well worth the splurge. Make it the one special meal when visiting Rio, you won't be disappointed.