A Civilised Affair At Gero In Ipanema
On an seemingly average Monday my boyfriend unexpectedly treated me to lunch at Gero, another of Rio’s fine dining institutions located in the heart of Ipanema.
Part of the Fasano Group and designed by Aurelio Martinez Flores, Gero has clean and simple decor with exposed brickwork walls and a great sense of space. This creates a chic but casual setting for dining.
The menu takes its roots in Italian cuisine and they use high quality ingredients. On a weekday you can order a reasonably priced three course meal from a wide selection of pastas, risottos and traditional Italian dishes. On arrival we were presented with a couvert of Zucchini fries (they were so delightful we managed to polish off two plates of these) and a wonderful selection of breads with olive oil and pate. For starters we ordered the beef carpaccio. The beef was succulent, tender and thinly sliced, exactly as you would want it. For mains we ordered the grouper with Sicilian lemon risotto and the veal with sauted potatoes.The risotto was creamy, fragrant and lemony, the fish was well cooked and the veal was good quality. Both mains were decent but not the highlights. For dessert we split a panna cotta and a creme brulee. Both puddings were excellent rounding off a satisfying meal.
I ordered a Toscana Sangiovese, Carparzo, the same as I had recently tasted at The Esplanada Grill but they had run out and offered me an Argentinian Malbec instead. It was good but didn’t rival the Sangiovese.
The service again was outstanding. The waiters afford you the right amount of attention and space and seem genuine in their desire to accommodate your needs. The same thing cannot always be said in the UK or the US these days.
Monday lunchtime was pretty quiet so if you are looking for atmosphere I would be inclined to dine there in the evening. I imagine the place will be packed with artists, journalists and Rio’s wealthy set. No doubt you will enjoy your experience.