International eating isn't a dangerous adventure through customs, where the customs officer asks you to open your bag, and you refuse, which prompts him to teach you about manners by reading select Goofus and Gallant comic strips. Safely experience global dining with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $55 worth of Brazilian-inspired meats, pasta, and more at Al Primo Canto Galeteria. Your Groupon may be used at either the location on Devon Avenue or the one on North Clark Street.
Inspired by the traditional eateries of southern Brazil, Al Primo Canto serves rotisserie-roasted meats and eats in a warm, inviting setting. Opt for a family-style meal of multiple courses ($30 per person), or select from an à la carte menu. Preheat your appetite with a classic Brazilian palate-tickler such as caponatto de beringela, a dish of roasted eggplant with tahini paste ($6). Then, move to a main course of veggie-friendly pasta such as homemade gnocchi caprese with tomato, basil, and fresh mozzarella ($13) or slow-roasted, mouth-watering meats made in Al Primo Canto's brick-lined charcoal rotisserie, a Brazilian import. Entrees from this alchemical producer of food-gold include the restaurant's signature galeto al primo canto, a young chicken marinated in white wine, fresh garlic, and sage, rotisserie-roasted over natural wood charcoal ($16). Silence any last hunger pangs with desserts such as the Romeo e Julieta, a tragically tasty warm guava cake with vanilla mascarpone sauce ($5).
Post-meal, diners can coat their esophagi with a mocha martini (with vanilla, Kahlua, and chocolate) or a Grahams Six Grape port wine with notes of ripe plum, cherry, and forgotten dreams ($8 each). Drink in the festive, lively atmosphere, complete with warm exposed brick, a custom-made oak wine wall, and open kitchen, as you drink in your drink.
- There are no sword-toting tarted-up gauchos to trouble you, and in all Al Primo Canto offers the churrascaria experience in a significantly more civilized manner than other spots for a lower price. – Gary Wiviott, Chicago Reader
- Great spot for a special occasion or everyday. The food is outstanding and distinctive. – ronnie_suburban, Zagat