La Botticella has to be one of the best kept secrets on the Rio dining scene. Located in the sprawling suburb of Barra da Tijuca, this smart Italian restaurant serves dishes of exceptionally high quality, without the heart-stopping price tag of upscale restaurants in Ipanema and Leblon. Try the oven-baked mascarpone and spinach ravioli with tomato and oregano sauce, or the filet mignon steak flambeed in cognac, and served with a cream and mushroom sauce. Make sure you leave room for dessert; the tiramisu here is considered to be among the best in the city. Call ahead to book a table on the candle-lit balcony.
- Open Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 08:00 PM to 01:00 AM, Sunday from 12:30 PM to 05:00 PM
- Feature: Romantic
- Credit Cards Accepted: visa, mastercard, amex, debitcard