Rustic family atmosphere tablecloths like grandma’s and, on top, served the wine and soda. Salamis and hams hanging from the ceilings, football pennants hanging on the walls next to photos of soccer players, actors, Argentine and foreign writers and even some president, all photographed in the place, along with their waiters and managers. Sometimes an early 20th century cash register, vintage kitchen and storage items, and more. That is the characteristic decoration of all Buenos Aires still life.
But it’s not just their looks that define them. Its own protagonists, those who are on the other side of the counter, say that the most important thing is their homemade dishes of traditional porteño cuisine, abundant, as they are served at home. His clients, being such regulars, are often already friends and have their own table, “their own waiter”, they say. Still lifes are chosen by many families, but in recent years many have also become the heritage of tourists.
Since yesterday, April 19, and until Friday, April 22, more than 50 restaurants in the City of Buenos Aires, popularly known as bodegones, offer a series of promotions and discounts, with the aim, not only of boosting their activity , but also to generate a cultural proposal, as protagonists of the Buenos Aires gastronomic tradition.
The move, called painted still lifeincludes promotions and discounts for all hours. The affiliated premises are in all the neighborhoods of the City and can be consulted In the following link.
Pintó Bodegón is the first of a series of proposals that will try to promote the economic development of this gastronomic sector by promoting the theme while offering discounts and special promotions.
The still lifes are one of the great protagonists of the gastronomy of the City emerged from the kitchen that immigrants brought to the country and constitutes an intrinsic part of the gastronomy of the entire country.
According to Peter Sorbajournalist and food critic, is “the feeling of belonging to the city, which is transmitted through the abundance and accessibility of its food, and its atmosphere” what characterizes them.
The still lifes are the result of what happened in the second half of the 19th century, in a city that moved to the rhythm of its port. In that context They began to emerge around 1870. In the conventillos, immigrants from Italy, Spain, France and other countries, especially European, they shared their customs and gastronomic traditions in the same kitchen. Migrant cuisine became these food places where the portions are very generous, the food is simple and homemade, and the prices are affordable.
In addition to the information that can be obtained through the Pintó Bodegón link, throughout the week there will be raffles for vouchers to eat at the participating still lifes and books dedicated to still lifes written by Pietro Sorba. To consult all the information on Pintó Bodegón, you can also write to BOTI, the City’s WhatsApp.
This gastronomic week, aimed at boosting the development of premises by promoting the theme and offering residents discounts and/or special promotions in participating still lifes, has the support of the Association of Hotels, Restaurants, Sweet Shops and Cafes (AHRCC) and the Government of the City of Buenos Aires.
The City informed that the dynamics of the conference will take place in two planes, one offline and one online, with different activities such as discounts and promotions in gastronomic establishments considered Bodegones. In the virtual plane, the neighbors will be able to access the interactive map with all the participating premises and the promotions offered.