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Italian food is ubiquitous in Buenos Aires and is possibly the best youâ€™ll find on this side of the Atlantic. Beginning in the late 1800s, the city received a flood of Italian immigrants, spurred by a strong government initiative to populate the country with those of European origin. In fact, at one point Argentina welcomed more Italians to the territory than the United States. Unlike the US, the Argentine population is more homogeneously Italian, and what has ensued is a culture that is heavily influenced by Italian language, norms, and, of course, food.
Pasta can be found on nearly every menu, pizza abounds, and even porteÃ±o classics such as milanesa have strong Italian roots. The city offers Italian food ranging from pricey, upscale establishments to home-made pasta shops.
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