Pizza in Asuncion – Pizza en Asunción

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Pizza is one of the most reliable comfort foods you can go for in Asunción. Toppings range from the mundane – cheese, tomatoes, ham – to the odd but good – corn kernels – to the foreign – Brazilian catupiry soft cheese. Most places offer both thin crust as well as traditional doughy crusts (the latter being the only option in the countryside). Pizzerías offering “pizza al tatakuá” marry Italian cuisine with Paraugayan cooking methods. The tatakuá is a wood-burning brick oven used throughout the Paraguayan countryside to prepare chipa, sopa paraguaya, chipa guazú and all manner of “tembiú Paraguay” (Paraguayan food). When used for pizza making purposes the results are excellent.

The highest concentration of pizzerias can be found on Avenida Boggiani past the Villa Morra area. Running two blocks parallel from Mscl. Lopez starting at Avenida Argentina, Avenida Boggiani might as well be renamed Avenida de las Pizzerías. Options include Alamo, La Valleja, Il Forno della Nonna…the list goes on. Everyone has a favorite so taste around and discover yours. Below are two of my favorite Asunción pizza places (though neither is on Boggiani). Please note both are only open for dinner service.
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Pizza es una de los “comfort foods” (se traduce más o menos como comidas reconfortantes) que puedes conseguir en Asunción. Ingredientes incluyen lo normal – queso, jamón, tomates – lo raro pero rico – granos de maíz – y lo extranjero – queso catupiry de Brasil. La mayoría de restaurantes ofrecen ambos masa fina y la masa tradicional y esponjoso (siendo el último la única opción en el campo). Pizzerías que ofrecen “pizza al tatakuá” combinan la gastronomía italiana con métodos de cocina paraguayos. El tatakuá es un horno a leña utilizado en todo el Paraguay para preparar chipa, sopa paraguaya, chipa guazú y cualquier tipo de “tembiú Paraguay” (comida paraguaya). Al ser utilizado para preparar pizzas los resultados son excelentes.

La concentración más alta de pizzerías se encuentra en la Avenida Boggiani pasando Villa Morra. A dos cuadras paralellas de Mscl. Lopez comenzando en Avenida Argentina, Avenida Bogianni podría ser renombrado el Avenida de las Pizzerías. Las opciones incluyen Alamo, La Valleja, Il Forno della Nonna… y la lista sigue. Todos tienen su preferencias así que hay que probar y descubrir el tuyo. Estos son dos de mis pizzerías favoritas de Asunción (aunque ninguno queda sobre Boggiani). Cabe resaltar que los dos sólo abren a la noche.

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Parroquia San Rafael, Asuncion
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O Sole Mío (otherwise known as “Holy Pizza”):
Located within the premises of the San Rafael church and community center, Holy Pizza offers you the opportunity to eat pizza in the shadow of a mini-medieval palace hidden from street by enormous hedges. The pizza crusts are thin, the sangria is good, and the ambiance is like nothing else in Paraguay. Plus you get the good samaritan benefit of helping out a community organization. The restaurant also prepares pizzas for pick up and delivery. Should you be inspired to make your own pizza creations at home purchase they offer pre-made crusts. Be sure to check out the literary cafe and the gift shop with Paraguayan handicrafts, both located alongside O Sole Mío in the courtyard. Cruz del Chaco 1690, closest cross street is Alfredo Seiferheld (a couple of blocks behind the Super Seis supermarket on Avenida Argentina. (021) 609 638 or (0982) 529 340. www.sanrafaelobras.com

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O Sole Mío (también conocido como “Pizza Sagrada”):
Ubicado en el predio de la parroquia y centro comunitario San Rafael, Pizza Sagrada te ofrece la oportunidad de comer pizza a la sombra de un mini-castillo medieval ocultado de la calle por setos enormes. Las masas son finas, la sangría es buena, y el ambiente es único en Paraguay. Además obtienes el beneficio de ser buen samaritano al apoyar una organización comunitaria. El restaurante también prepara pizzas para ser recogidas y pedidos para envío. Si te sientes inspirado para hacer tus propias creaciones de pizza en casa puedes llevarte masas pre-cocinadas. Asegúrate de también entrar al café literario y la tienda de regalos con artesanías paraguayas. Ambos se encuentran en el mismo patio que O Sole Mío. Cruz del Chaco 1690 casi Alfredo Seiferheld (unas cuadras detrás del Super Seis de Avenida Argentina. (021) 609 638 or (0982) 529 340. www.sanrafaelobras.com

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Zámpanos:
Another restaurant with good food and an interesting atmosphere to match, Zampanos is an Asunción classic. Start off with a piping hot foccacia and move on to the pizzas, each with an almost paper thin crust. Accompany the meal with Zámpano´s homemade limoncello served in cute glasses. If you have room for desert try the deliciously rich dulce de leche icecream. Brasil 1193 and Rodriguez de Francia (downtown close to the South East corner of Microcentro). (021) 222 383

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Zámpanos:
Otro restaurante con buena comida y un ambiente interesante, Zámpanos es un clásico de Asunción. De entrada pide un foccacia recién salido del horno y sigue con las pizzas, cada una con una masa super fina. Acompaña la comida con el limoncelo hecho en el mismo restaurante servido en una copa delicada. Si te sobra espacio para el postre prueba el helado de dulce de leche, intenso y delicioso. Brasil 1193 c/ Rodriguez de Francia (en el centro cerca de la esquina sudeste de Microcentro). (021) 222 383
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8 comments on “Pizza in Asuncion – Pizza en Asunción
  1. Graham Kreicker says:

    Excellent, but my students want to try donuts. Does any place in Asuncion make them these days?

  2. Marty says:

    One of the only (and the best) pizzerias/Italian restaurants in Cochabamba, Bolivia a couple of years back was also called Sole Mio. I wonder if it’s a coincidence?

  3. paraguay says:

    There is a new stand in the Mscl Lopez Shopping parking level food court called “Donuts y Donas”… I have no idea what a “dona” is supposed to be but the donuts look like American style ring shaped donuts. Not sure if they are any good. Interestingly, some of the best jelly donuts I’ve ever had have been in Paraguay. Here they are called “bollos” and are filled with cream, dulce de guayaba or dulce de leche and then sprinkled with sugar. La Alemana pastry shop has them in their store (on Av. Brazilia casi Mscl. Lopez) and at their stand at Agroshopping every week.

  4. Tom says:

    The Family and I ate at O Sole Mio last night. FANTASTIC. Great pizza, friendly, personable kitchen staff. Folk art, heavy wooden doors with iron hardware complete the castle like atmosphere. It was raining so we couldn’t enjoy the court yard, so we will be going back soon to enjoy the outdoor dinning.

    I recommend the four cheese pizza. It has just the right mix of tart and smooth flavors.

    As always my thanks to this blogger for her window into Paraguayan culture and events.

  5. Miriam Kaiser says:

    I was invited to “O Sole Mio” after only being in Paraguay for 1 week. We loved it! The izza and Sangria were lovely but we truly loved the ambiance! This is a great website and I am happy to have stumbled upon it! I look forward to more insights into “la vida Paraguana”(did I say that right?!)

  6. A “dona” is the way that a donut is written according to the Spanish reading/writing rules, so the name of that place is redundant. A “bollo” tastes like a donut but doesn’t look like one. They are donut sized, but (sort of) spheric in shape.

    Spheric? A basketball loaded to ¾ capacity with air would be a good approximation.

  7. Sarah Fouts says:

    I love it that you called it “Holy Pizza.” Fantastic.

  8. paraguay says:

    Hey, that is what you and Adam called it so that is what I and everyone else should call it!

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