Londrina Restaurants

  • Donatello Pizzaria, Rua Benjamin Contant & Santos
    Donatello Pizzaria, Rua Benjamin Contant...
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  • Strawberry and White Chocolate Pizza at Donatello
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  • Pastel do Roberto's in Londrina, close to downtown
    Pastel do Roberto's in Londrina, close...
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    Roberto's / Pastel do Roberto's: Pastels of Many Sorts, including Dessert!

    by glabah Written Jul 9, 2011

    Generally, when a place is able to say they have been in a location for a long period, it is a good sign. Roberto's is not an exception to this rule, and as long as you like pastel you should be OK at this restaurant.

    But first, a little explanation of what a pastel is in order: a pastel is a bit like a giant ravioli in that it is square and completely sealed. However, it is more like a sandwich in that you can find a huge variety of things that are put inside it. The outside is a bit more like a very thin pizza crust that has been deep fried, however. The bad part about a pastel is that when it is cooked the bread baking process fills it up with air, so you never get quite as much food as the size of the pastel might make you think you are getting.

    Really, if you don't know Brazilian food, it is hard to explain what a pastel is. However, they are a very popular light meal and snack food, sold from street vendors, markets, snack bars and some restaurants.

    Roberto's pastel section (there is also a Japanese restaurant on right side of the kitchen, which I have never tried) is a restaurant that survives only on the light Brazilian dinner concept, by serving excellent Pastels (by the way, the correct Brazilian plural form is "Pasteis" from what I have been told, but then most non-Brazilians wouldn't understand what I am talking about).

    There is a glassed-in eating area, as well as an outdoor eating area whose popularity depends on the temperature. Unfortunately the street at this location is fairly busy, and so at times it isn't the most pleasant of places to eat outside.

    The current hours are: closed Mondays, Tuesday through Sunday 5:30 at night to 11:30 at night.

    Favorite Dish: You can order an assortment of Pastel here, but of course my favorite is any of the dessert pastels, with a particular leaning towards the bon-bon or white chocolate with strawberry - both are R$3.30.

    For actual food, the four cheese or chicken with cheddar are reasonably good options (each are R$3.20), but really as long as you are not picky or allergic to some of the ingredients many of the various options should suit your fancy.

    There are soft drinks, hard drinks (including vodka) and several different types of fruit juice - as is customary, ordering the juice made with milk rather than water costs a little extra but can taste really good with some mixtures.

    Pastel do Roberto's in Londrina, close to downtown Easy to Find Roberto's once you See the Sign
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    Donatello Pizzaria: Great Pizza and Reasonably Priced

    by glabah Updated Jul 1, 2011

    Located reasonably close to downtown, the Donatello Pizzaria is not a rodisio style pizzaria, but still serves some wonderful Brazilian style pizza in a number of different forms.

    Small sizes range from the R$11 range, and larger pizzas may be in the R$28 range.

    They have some great dessert pizzas as any good Brazilian pizzaria should.

    There is a semi-outdoor patio, and an indoor section of the restaurant as well.

    Favorite Dish: I especially like the white chocolate and strawberry pizza that is available as a dessert.

    Donatello Pizzaria, Rua Benjamin Contant & Santos Strawberry and White Chocolate Pizza at Donatello
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    Tele-Pizza: You can Find Better Food Elsewhere

    by glabah Written Jun 26, 2011

    You will not find photographs to go with this tip, and neither does the restaurant deserve to be memorialized in photos. The service was extremely slow - so much so that even the Brazilians I was with thought that the wait was far too long. Also, it was obvious that pizza service was going to the bar first, and then to the restaurant, as the restaurant was receiving pizza that was half a pizza down to only one or two slices. Not once did they serve the restaurant with a complete pizza.

    Rodisio style pizza is supposed to have a wide variety of pizza available so that you can eat any of the various types they offer, or refuse the stuff you don't want. Tele-Pizza advertised some 40 different types of pizza, but we only received about 10 at our table during the evening.

    That is all I will waste on this pizzaria. At one time it had a great reputation here in Londrina, but today it appears to have fallen into a service slump. The fact that only four tables were occupied this evening is a good indication that this isn't just a temporary problem with the night we visited, but instead has become endemic to the institution.

    Perhaps one day they will return to the good place that so many people talk about, but I can not recommend it. Indeed, I suggest that you find somewhere else to eat.

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    Rovani: West End of Calçadão, Fine Snacks and Juices

    by glabah Updated May 24, 2011

    Located in the middle of a busy section of downtown offices and shops, and with a door facing the busy pedestrian mall known as the Calçadão, Rovani features a mixture of fruit juices, common Brazilian lunch snack food, and a self service section at the rear of the restaurant.

    As with many such restaurants, you must take a ticket upon entering the restaurant, and then pay the single tab when you leave.

    Prices are quite good considering the downtown location.

    The location is very crowded during the lunch period, and the restaurant closes in the early evening as they primarily aim for the lunch crowd.

    Favorite Dish: Fruit juices here are wonderful! Especially when mixed with milk. Probably my favorite is acerola with milk. Also has great pastel type breads (think of a giant ravioli with various innards, only served as a single item rather than mixed with tomato sauce).

    Rovani is Nondescript from the Outside Rovani is Popular Lunch Location and Crowded Various Popular Brazilian Lunch Foods at Rovani Acerola Juice with Milk is a Favorite of Mine Interior is Attractive, and in evening not crowded
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    Pizza e Pizza: Rumor Has It the Pizza Next Door is Better

    by glabah Updated May 24, 2011

    Perhpas the most bizarre story about this Pizza establishment is that it survives on leftovers from the pizza establishment next door, and in fact that is how I wound up there.

    It seems that some years back this was all one huge pizza restaurant. However, several years ago there was a dispute between the two owners, and the establishment was split in half.

    Pizza e Pizza is regard by everyone I talked to as having the inferior pizza of the two establishments that are now right next door to eachother. However, on most nights the place next door is so crowded that there is usually a waiting list, sometimes as much as half and hour or 45 minutes long.

    Thus, Pizza e Pizza receives a lot of the leftover traffic once the place next door gets full, and that is how I wound up there.

    Don't get me wrong: the pizza here is good, and every local I talked to agrees. However, they all said that next door is better.

    Favorite Dish: There are an assortment of pizza available here, and some of those are the Brazilian favorites with such things as corn and eggs on them.

    However, I usually prefer the stuff with pineapple on it, and what they happened to have here was pretty good pineapple - but of course that changes with the season.

    Pizza e Pizza on Winston Churchill, North of Town Attractive Interior of Pizza e Pizza
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    Churrascaria Limozini: For Serious Meat Lovers

    by glabah Written May 6, 2011

    Like any good Brazilian Churrascaria, there is an excellent salad bar here, but you don't come for the salad. Instead, the unlimited supply of meat cooked over the flames roiling in the back room is the primary attraction. I would suggest looking at the salad bar, and selecting a few things to sample (all are excellent in my opinion, but I am particularly partial to Pão de Quijo, the deep fried banada, and a few other treats).

    Many of the typical Churrascaria favorite meat cuts are available here, usually starting off with barbecued mozerella cheese and ending with cupim, the hump of a brama bull.

    By saying they are "about average" in terms of their price, the fact is that they are somewhat less expensive than some of the Churrascaria in Londrina, and as it is an unlimited eating for the price you can't really judge by the portion size, since there are no portions to compare. They are more expensive than most restaurants in Londrina that are not Churrascaria.

    There is a fairly good sized children's play area in the back of the restaurant.

    The decoration inside the restaurant is quite modern, as is the exterior of the place. Therefore, if you are looking for something that screams "antiquity" it is safe to say that this is not your place.

    Parking is a significant problem here, and there are several men that hang out in the small parking lot, and expect a tip for helping patrons back out of the parking lot, even if their advice isn't that helpful.

    Favorite Dish: Roasted pineapple with cinnamon!!

    Entrance to Churrascaria Limozini Churrascaria Limozini has large Salad Bar Churrascaria Limozini is Brightly Lit and Modern Meat over the Flames in Back Room of Limozini Slicing off a Piece of The Good Stuff at Limozini
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    Panificadora e Confeitaria Family: Very Good Fruit Juices and Other Treats

    by glabah Written May 6, 2011

    Located on the far west end of the Calçadão, this little bakery also serves as a fast food restaurant, and is somewhat similar to the lunch counters / soda fountains that used to be fairly common as part of drug stores in the USA.

    However, there are no drugs to buy - only various treats from the counter. This includes the various baked goods and breads, as well as a wide variety of typical Brazilian snacks.

    Favorite Dish: They have a wonderful variety of fruit juices and vitamina.

    Panificadora e Confeitaria Family Various Snack and Dessert Treats Available Assorted Drinks and Etc. also Available at Family
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    Rodeio: HUGE portions to Feed the Masses

    by glabah Updated May 3, 2011

    Located in central downtown Londrina since 1966, this place serves up huge portions of food. Many of the "half-size" plates are quite capable of feeding two, and the full size plates are probably capable of feeding three or so, depending on the appetite of those involved.

    It just so happened that earlier tonight they had a party and television interview celebrating the water named Nelson, who has worked here for 43 years. In many ways, this place is a throwback to the old days of Londrina - still with the waiters and decorations of decades ago.

    Unfortunately this place doesn't look like much from the outside, as even the best places in the city didn't look like much in those days - or so I have been told.

    There is also a location at the Catuai shopping center, but I ate at the one downtown.

    Favorite Dish: I can't say that I have any favorites here - anything that has lasted 40+ years on the menu is good enough to eat as it has survived the test of time.

    What I had was the Bisteca Á Brasileira, half a portion for R$21.50. This included the steak, a fried banana, a pile of farofa, a good sized dish each of rice and beans (it wouldn't be Brazilian without those) and fried potatoes (what in the USA is known as fries).

    It is one of the more expensive places to eat, but when considering the huge portions available here this brings the price per unit of food down a bit, and could potentially be used to feed multiple people if they all want the same thing. Thus, I have marked the "average" selection for the relative price.

    Entrance to Rodeio Seating in Rodeio - view is not typical Bisteca �� Brasileira half portion, no rice & beans Appetizers at Rodeio include Various Breads, Dips Amazing Fruit Dish from Rodeio
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    Tia Nega: Northeastern Brazilian quisine

    by nnoah Written Nov 11, 2002

    Another favorite in Londrina is Tia Nega (translated literally this means 'Black Aunt').
    As with all Brazilian restaurants, the price is very reasonable. You really can't find a better value, especially not state-side!

    Favorite Dish: My absolute favorite on their menu is the 'Bife a Cavalo' (steak a-la-horse). It is so named not because it is horse meat, (which it isn't), but because it is enough food to feed a horse.
    It consists of two file mignon steaks, two fried eggs, rice, and french fries as well as a side salad.

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    Galpao Nelore: Churrasco!

    by nnoah Written Nov 11, 2002

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    A favorite of mine is Galpao Nelore, traditional Brazilian Churrasco (grilled meat).
    The atmosphere is quite laid back, and the restaurant itself is laid out like a spanish-style ranch house. There are wide-open verandas and an airy, spacious interior. The roof is of red tile supported by wooden beams which are visible inside-very rustic. For the price, there is no better value around!

    Favorite Dish: This restaurant as all Churrascarias, serves their food rotisserie (rodizio) style. What this means is that they bring around all kinds of meat, and you select the cuts you want, all for one low price. There is every cut of beef, pork and chicken you can imagine. You start off your meal by visiting the buffet table, where you can get all of your traditional Brazilian side-items: rice and beans, vegetables, salad., as well as fried or grilled fish and desserts. Once you have returned to your table, the witers begin bringing the meat around. There is everyting from file mignon to chicken hearts, (which are quite good, all of which are grilled on over a wood fuelled flame. I particularly reccomend the Cupim, which is actually the hump of the Brahma cow. It is the most tender, flavorful cut of meat I have ever eaten!

    After a satisfying meal!

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