La Florentina

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Doni Clemons

La Florentina is an Italian restaurant that has been in Copacabana since the glory days of the 1950s. Legend has it that owner, Sylvio Hoffmann met Picasso in Europe. He paid for the then struggling artist's dinner and Picasso drew on a napkin in appreciation. According to the legend, Hoffman bought the restaurant with the sale of this napkin. Picasso isn't the only famous connection to La Florentina. The restaurant is a notable hangout for intellectuals, journalists and artists. You will spot the signatures of some of the most well-known names on the walls. However, the demeanor of the place remains classic and unpretentious. One of their outdoor tables is a good place for people watching while enjoying the well-done risottos, pizzas, and oysters made with ingredients from Italy.


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