We are heading to Rio and Buzios soon and would love some feedback on our restaurant list. Yes we have read some of the other prior postings but we are wondering if there is anything new or someplace we should add/subtract from our list below. We would prefer Brazilian and Italian spots. We have been to Rio a few times before:
Garcia & Rodrigues
Via Sete Grill
Also, if we head up to Lapa one evening is there a good spot up there you would recommend? Casual is fine, as long as it is good. We speak some Portuguese, but try to get by with Portanol.
We have been to Porcao a couple of times and like it. Yet, is there a new churrascaria we might try? Likewise, anyplace similar to Sushi Leblon, but not Sushi Leblon. We have been there a couple of times and were not wowed, but its a great spot. Esplanada Grill also has been good but it seems their pricing is now in the stratosphere.
Thanks in advance.