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Nino’s Brazilian Restaurant & Pizzeria, Amazonas & more

rworange | Apr 8, 2006 03:37 AM

AMAZONAS PIZZA

Run by Brazilians, but other than a few ingredients like corn and hearts of palm, that’s about it. No Brazilian food. I asked.

They sell pizza by the slice. It is a huge slice for $2. The crust is soft and bready, the sauce had some nice garlic flavor and the cheese was fine, if nothing special. I had a bite hot out of the oven which is the best for this pizza. After it cooled, the crust became soggy from the sauce. OK, but more something I’d order if needing to fill up on the cheap.

Amazonas Pizza
(510) 625-1233
2427 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

NINO’S BRAZILIAN RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA

One block from University Avenue on Martin Luther King. I only found one negative mention on Chowhound that griped that the place didn’t serve any Brazilian food … oh, yes they do.

However, the Brazilian menu is only available after 5pm. They also have a few shelves of groceries.

While I waited for my pizza, I had a Brazilian beer, Palma Louca Pale Pilsner. Reviews on the web are not kind to this beer, however, I liked it. I thought it tasted lemony and was very carbonated. They also had Xingu Black Beer, that I tried before at Fonda. There are a few wines from Chile with flowery descriptions.

I wish I could say I tried the Brazilian food. Trying to be good for Lent and abstain from meat on Friday, I ordered the vegetarian pizza. I forgot to say “Brazilian vegetarian pizza’. Instead of fresh corn, hearts of palm, black olives and marinated artichokes, I had the usual American version – fresh out-of-season tomatoes, black olives, green peppers, bell peppers and, in theory, mushrooms.

It was just ok. The sauce wasn’t that flavorful and the crust was soft and bready. I don’t know if the crust would be different if the Brazilian version was ordered. I find myself amazed every time I say this. It was no Mr. Pizza Man – Richmond.

They have about 30 different toppings to choose from. Of the seven Brazilian pizzas, the two most interesting were:

Rio’s Special – Shrimp, tuna, marinated artichokes, onions

Catupiry special – chicken, hearts of palm, corn, catupiry (cream cheese)

For the Brazilian food, starters included coxinha (fried chicken croquettes … also available with cream cheese … is that some sort of Brazilian chicken Rangoon?), cheese risoli (fried cheese croquettes) and kibe (minted beef croquettes).

Of course, they have feijoda, described as “black bean stew with beef sausage, served with collard greens and farofa.

Some of the more interesting sounding entrees:

Moranga – baked acorn squash, shrimp, tomato cream-cheese sauce over rice

Bobo de Camarao – sautéed prawns, tomato-yucca (mandioca) over rice, side of greens

Muqueca de Peixe – catch of the day, tomato, coconut milk sauce over rice. A shrimp version was available.

Frango con tutu – Fried chicken pieces pureed beans and rice

They also had banana pizza for dessert. There is ‘classic’ NY cheesecake on the dessert menu.

The décor reminded me of some middle-class restaurants in Mexico City. Nothing fancy but a bit nicer than the neighborhood mom and pop. There is a free parking garage on top of the restaurant. They said they’ve been in business about 20 years

Nino's Brazilian Restaurant & Pizzeria
(510) 845-9303

1916 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Monday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 5pm – 9:30 pm

I picked up a copy of Brasil Best, a magazine for the Brazilian community in California

Some other places with ads and Brazilian food:

MANOR ROOM PIZZA, 442 Manor Plaza, Pacifica California.

Not sure what words related to food, but there was a picture of an iron skillet with sliced beef and onions on top of tomatoes.

CYBELLE’S PIZZA & PASTA, 2985 Junipero Serra, Daly City

There are three different Brazilian diners every day. Dinner is served with yucca, fried banana, rice, beans, salad and farofa.

On Saturday, of course they have feijoda. This version is described as black bean stew with smoked meats and sausage. There were dishes that had some basic translation … beef ribs, pork meat, pork ribs with yucca, stewed beef, pork with red sauce, etc. Lots of Milanese dishes and estroganoff.

There is an ad for CLEO’S BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE in San Bruno. One thing I didn’t remember mentioned is that on Saturday and Sunday from 6 – 10 pm, Cleo’s has live music.

Speaking of Brazilian Barbecue, I would swear that CAFE DO BRASIL, on Market Street in SF has changed the menu. Besides the BBQ they have regular Brazilian dishes and snacks. Their version of Feijoada Completa = Assorted meats and sausage, cooked with black beans, and served with rice, collard greens, yucca flour, and pork chop.

Also it seems they will be serving pizza soon. They also say that Marmitas is coming soon. I am assuming this is the same as the hot box lunch – Marmitex that Mr. Pizza man sells. Link to Café DO Brasil menu below.

Other Brazilian places – PIZZA ORGASMICA on Clement in SF. Just a few pizzas with Brazilian toppings. They make their own micro brews. Also on Thursday night during happy hour ($2.50 Guinness stout) there are free pizza bites.

http://www.pizzaorgasmica.com/main_pa...

It seems like the Italian South Beach Café is run by two Brazilians, but they don’t have any Brazilian dishes.

And finally - PIZZA AMERICANA & MR PIZZA MAN, 2680 22nd St, San Francisco\

They say they serve “the finest in authentic Brazilian and Italian cuisine specializing in pizza.”

Link: http://www.cafedobrasilsf.com/menu.html

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