Carol’s Cucina & Vino

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A Brazilian-Italian Mashup in Downtown

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Brazil and Italy.

They do more than produce beautiful people. And great soccer teams.

They also make a helluva midday meal.

Case in point: Carol’s Cucina & Vino, Downtown’s newest inhabitant and one you’ll visit for wine-soaked Brazilian-Italian-fusion lunches, now open.

Meet Carol. She’s a native Brazilian who longed for a world where ravioli and feijoada could deliciously coexist. So she plucked the sous-chef from Gigi and made it so. That’s this place. And in case you’re wondering, pasta and Brazilian stew get along just fine.

Inside: cozy rustic-ness. All espresso-colored tables, warm brick walls and fully loaded wine racks. Naturally.

But really, this looks like your new lunchtime go-to when you’ve got a hankering for cabernet at a long wooden bar. So grab a stool and a glass of wine as you lock eyes with the Brazilian-and-Italian spread laid out before you. We’re talking about the specials on the chalkboard menu. Don’t make it weird.

But do order the bacon pancetta pizza. Same goes for the coxinha. That’s fried Brazilian croquettes made from pulled chicken and potatoes. Except here, they’re made with rice to resemble the Italian arancini. See, fusion.

See: your mouth.

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