Los Inmortales is one of the well-established historic pizzerias of Buenos Aires. Founded in 1952 by two friends, he company went from one restaurant on Avenida Corrientes to 5 restaurants around the city.
Pizza is part of the porteño culture and Porteño refers to a person who lives in a port city, such as Buenos Aires. This was the gateway into Argentina for millions of immigrants, mainly in the late 19th and early to mid-20th centuries. My own Italian and Spanish ancestors among them. Italian immigrants influenced greatly the local culture. They brought their regional cuisines and introduced new ingredients. A family friend always recalls how his mother brought arugula seedlings with her on the ship, for example.
We used to eat at Los Inmortales as a family. Not long ago, I took my husband to the original restaurant on Avenida Corrientes for a true porteño experience.
The restaurant is long and narrow, with wall-length mirrors on one side and photos of well-known artists, actors, and tango singers. These are the Immortals whose artistic legacy has shaped local culture through the generations. A mural depicting Carlos Gardel, the quintessential tango singer, dominates the dining room. It was unveiled on June 24, 1955, on the 20th anniversary of the iconic tanguero’s death in a place crash in Colombia.
As soon as we sat down, our waiter brought a basket of deliciously crispy pizza bread. We were already in heaven. We ordered the pizza I remembered from childhood, with mushrooms, mozzarella and provolone cheeses. Gooey and cheese, the crust was the perfect complement to this cheese bomb. Any self-respecting pizza in Buenos Aires like this one comes out the wood-burning oven with a sprinkling of oregano, olive oil and a few green olives. Forget holding it with your hands, it’s strictly a fork and knife affair. Or a visit to the cleaner’s later.
We got there relatively early, maybe 9 o’clock or 9.30 and had no problem finding a table. Because Los Inmortales is located in the middle of the theatre district, it got busier as the night progressed. Also, Argentineans eat late. This branch stays open until 3 am.
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Hi, I’m Ana. I’m originally from Argentina but I’m currently living in Dallas (USA) with my British husband. I’d like to share my experiences as an expat and as a traveller.