Villa Carlos Paz lacks gourmet restaurants with the dining-out emphasis firmly on steakhouses -- this is Argentina after all. There are plenty of good, casual eateries in the city's center. The two best parrillas in town are Carilo, Yrigoyen 44 (tel. 354/143-1346), and La Volanta, San Martín 1262 (tel. 354/142-2954). The latter is easy to spot -- look for loud green-and-yellow paint and the carriage sitting on the roof. For excellent Italian dishes, try Il Gato Trattoria, at Libertad and Belgrano (tel. 354/143-9500), and Parrilla Los Gauchos, Bd. Sarmiento 1007 (tel. 354/143-2814), both of which offer fish and meat dishes, too. The latter one has got a beautiful view of the lake. If Mexican is your thing, try Oaxaca, Uruguay 93 (tel. 354/143-7550). Junior B, Av. Libertad 200 (tel. 354/143-3559;, dispenses decent pizza and pasta. Ask for lomito de mollejas, a sweetbreads sandwich.

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