A Casa do Porco

São Paulo, Brazil

On the pass:

Jefferson Rueda

Pastry chef:

Style of food:

Pork in all its forms

Standout dish:

Pancetta crackling


R. Araújo, 124 - República, São Paulo, SP, 01220-020

+55 11 3258-2578

Rueda’s meat mecca in downtown São Paulo

What it’s all about: A carnivore’s idea of heaven, A Casa do Porco means ‘House of the Pig’ in Portuguese, and with everything from crunchy chunks of pancetta crackling to pork tartare, it’s a true homage to the hog. All meat is 100% Brazilian.

About the chef: Born in the interior of São Paulo state, Jefferson Rueda started out as a butcher in his hometown. He trained at a Brazilian offshoot of the Culinary Institute of America and worked at numerous top restaurants in São Paulo city, later gaining experience at El Celler de Can Roca. He is perhaps best known for his stint as head chef at Attimo, where he worked from 2011 to 2015, entering the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list at No.32 in 2013.

On the menu: An extensive list of pork-based options is divided into “eating with the hands” – pork jowl sushi, pork croquettes, blood sausage; “with a spoon” – a porky take on the Brazilian mocotó cow’s feet stew; “from the grill” – tongue and sausage; and “from the pig’s belly” – pork belly and pancetta crackling. There are also salads, egg dishes, pasta and rice options, and finally a mouth-watering list of cured hams.

To drink: To wash down all that meat, there’s a similarly vast beverage list with strong cocktail options including classics such as Negroni, Manhattan, Bloody Mary and New York Sour. There are also cachaças, bitters, whiskys, beer and vodka.

Other ventures: In 2008, Rueda and his wife Janaina opened Bar da Dona Onça in São Paulo, where he still remains as a consultant.

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