If we speak of quality Italian food in the city of Mendoza, La Marchigiana is the first thing that comes to mind, a traditional restaurant with two locations. One in the center of town and another in Palmares Open Mall. The main feature of this restaurant is the tradition passed from children to parents since the founder came from Italy to Mendoza and opened the restaurant. The food is of high quality and has been since its opening and they use seasonal produce. Also their wine list consists of Mendoza and other great jewels of the rest of Argentina. For the past many celebrities have made Marchigiana known and recognized nationally and internationally. Each celebrity that visits has a photo taken and it is hung in the entrance of the place that shows the history of the restaurant.
When talking about chocolates in Mendoza, the obligatory reference is The Shack, with an average production of 10 tons of chocolate every day. The company, founded by Carlos Smovir, began as a family business in the '70s and today markets its products based on their very own recipes all around the country of Argentina. A similar business in the city can be found here: Ketobac
This cafe is decorated entirely in shades of grey. Most clients come here for the free wifi, bringing their laptops to get some work done while sipping a drink. That's really the main advantage of this rather charmless location.
Be careful of tourist traps like this one! The prices are are far too high compared to what you'll pay elsewhere, the portions are skimpy, and really, it has absolutely no charm. The staff are friendly though, and the interior is quite nice, with stone and wood.
It is about 1 hour away from Lujan de Cuyo. It is situationed in Vista Flores - Tunuyan. This nova wine, was born in the year 1998 and a product of 7 french friends ve got together in Argentina to cultivate wines that work well in harmony, in a beautiful environment. Reserve through firstname.lastname@example.org
Supposedly, the best place to stop during a road trip is where all the truckers and drivers do. This is the case for the "Restaurant La Paz", in the province of Mendoza, on Route 7 near the entrance to La Paz. Do not expect luxury in these places, but quick service and good quality home cooking. And if you are able to talk to a local, it is sure to be interesting. I was chatting with some drivers and found out the details of the upcoming roads. They also told me that sometimes they have to take other drivers whose trucks have caught on fire, but that's another story. Coordinates: S 33 ° 26'14 "W 67 ° 30'34"
Fish, seafood, pastas, pizzas, pies, chicken, pork, goat, grill, kabobs, salads ... And the list goes on and on in this comprehensive menu. Estancia La Florencia also has a wide variety of wines. The service, the recommendation of their dishes and the quality of their products has given it a lot of fame and it is frequented by many artists and celebrities on their way through Mendoza, as seen in countless photographs displayed on the walls. The magnificent decoration made with utensils and tools specific to the field, perfectly restored antique furniture, old radios and telephones, wagon wheels are worth a special recognition ... And if you want a souvenir you can buy some products with the logo of the establishment: ashtrays, clocks, wine boxes, mates, etc..
It was a very cold day and the road ahead was blocked. The National Guard told us that there was ice ahead on the road, which was unsafe to pass. So we stopped just before reaching Uspallata and took the opportunity to have lunch at the grill restaurant "La Estancia of Elijah". There was a huge fireplace inside, so we warmed up next to it for a bit and ordered an exquisite flame-roasted lamb that was served immediately. After a while, when our cold and hunger had been appeased, we looked at the restaurant's décor. Flags and souvenirs from various countries were hung on the walls and there were also many pictures and postcards with thanks and greetings from the most remote places. We had a long sobremesa and were never rushed, actually, the opposite as people added to the conversation. In short, it was warm, cozy with a relaxed, friendly service.