Back in 2013, Sei Shiroma wowed Rio’s pizzaphiles with Ferro e Farinha (Iron & Flour) – fantastic Neapolitan style pizzas served up on the streets from his mobile pizza oven (read the full story here). As the word spread, the lines for one of these delectable creations got longer and longer until something had to give.
The Ferro e Farinha (Iron and Flour) expanded and swapped the mobile unit for a permanent home in Catete. The cosy interior has been stylishly decorated, the friendly staff speak Portuguese, English and Spanish and there are some excellent beers on the reasonably priced menu. But the star of the show here is the pizza which is made with love and expertise: the process of making the dough takes 3 days, the base is thin, the crust has a pleasingly chewy texture with those ever-so-slightly charred bubbles that signify excellent pizza.
The menu combines simplicity with complexity. For the purist, there is the ‘Domenico’, the classic combination of tomato sauce, fior de latte, grana padano and fresh basil. For those who want something more inventive, look out for toppings like Picnic Apimentado (Gorgonzola and spiced honey) and Des Bois (Thyme and caramelised onion butter with fresh heart of palm).
Pros: Quite simply the best pizza in Rio. Also, a nice communal atmosphere as you may end up sharing tables.
Cons: This is not a huge restaurant and they don’t take reservations, so at peak times you may have to wait a while for that pie!
Address: Rua Andrade Pertence, 42 – Catete