When it comes to meat, Brazil is known for steak on a stick served at churrasqueiras, their signature steakhouses. But one of the best bites of meat in the all of Sao Paulo, at least for me, was actually pork. Situated in the midst of the city's bustling Mercado Municipal, the simple lunch counter Bar Do Mane, serves up epic-sized sandwiches of grilled mortadella and cheese to long lines of paulistanos (locals).
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I recently spent five days eating my way through Sao Paulo, Brazil, where, in addition to consuming many thousands of delicious calories, I got a crash course in essential Brazilian ingredients. Sao Paulo is known as Brazil's food capital and offers many excellent examples of the country's Portuguese, African, Italian, and Japanese influences, not to mention the differing regional cuisines within Brazil. Here are nine that provided a useful, delicious introduction to the local staples.
Sao Paulo takes their pizza pretty seriously with wood-fired pizza being the style of choice. Quintal do Bráz Pizzeria, a small chain of pizzerias, is one of the city's most popular pizza destinations and with good cause.