South America Living


São Paulo, Brazil

Daring Brazilian-Italian fusion in a
supremely fashionable space


Opened last year, Attimo takes its name from the Italian word for movement and is set within a carefully restored modernist building in São Paulo’s luxurious Vila Nova Conceição area. Leading Brazilian restaurateur Marcelo Fernandes is behind the project, and has installed renowned chef Jefferson Rueda in the kitchen, with a brief to meld rustic Italian recipes with native Brazilian ingredients, and vice versa.

In this Rueda excels. With a stint at world-leading Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca under his belt, the chef combines technical excellence with a drive for originality: tamal is stuffed with Italian pork sausage and served with foamed taleggio cheese while Rueda’s signature gnocchi dish is made with sweet potato and served with crisp pig’s ears.

With its patterned partitions and use of marble and hardwoods, the strikingly modern building and dining space have attracted as many plaudits as the cooking, with influential design magazine Wallpaper proclaiming Attimo its Best New Restaurant earlier this year.

[pic credi: Mauro Hollanda]

On the pass:

Jefferson Rueda

Style of food:

Brazilian Italian fusion

Standout dish:

Romeo and Juliet pavê


Rua Diogo Jácome 341, São Paulo

+55 11 5054 9999


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