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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Montevideo is complete without tasting the traditional Montevideo food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Montevideo to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Caruso Sauce: warm sauce made up of cream, sliced onions, ham, cheese, nuts and mushrooms.
  • Chorizo: type of pork sausage.
  • Churro: fried-dough pastry-based snacks.
  • Empanada: a stuffed bread or pastry baked in many countries of Latin America.
  • Fainá: nutty, peppery flatbread.
  • Zapallitos Rellenos: Uruguayan stuffed zucchini.


  • Buseca: calf's tripe soup.
  • Cazuela: soup made with either seafood or tripe.


Main courses

  • Albondigas de Carne: tasty rustic-style meatball that can be enjoyed in soups, pastas or by themselves.
  • Asado: a range of barbecue techniques.
  • Churrasco: grilled steak.
  • Empanada Gallega: a meat or fish pie, with sauce, onions and green peppers.
  • Gnocchi: various thick, soft dumplings.
  • Gramajo: dish made of fried potatoes, eggs, and ham.
  • Lasagna: flat pasta, typically with layers of cheese, a sauce, and other ingredients such as ground beef, sausage or spinach.
  • Milanesa: thin, breaded steak.
  • Pascualina: pie filled with chard (sometimes with spinach) and eggs.
  • Pastel de Carne Mixto: meatloaf.
  • Polenta: dish made from boiled ground yellow or white cornmeal.
  • Puchero: meat-based stew, potatoes and various vegetables (cabbage, celery, squash, chard, carrots).
  • Uruguayan Pastel de Carne: meat pie.
  • Uruguayan Rice: rice, beef broth, vegetables and spices.


  • Alfajor: two round sweet biscuits joined together with dulce de leche or jam and covered with powdered sugar.
  • Apple Strudel: dough, apples.
  • Bizcocho: buttery flaky pastry and cookies.
  • Dulce de Leche: a sweet treat made of milk and sugar.
  • Dulce de membrillo: a sweet quince paste.
  • Flan: caramel, eggs, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and aromatic vanilla.
  • Granita: a semi-frozen dessert of sugar, water, and flavorings originally brought from the Italian immigrants from Sicily.
  • Martín Fierro: a slice of cheese and a slice of quince paste.
  • Pastafrola: shortbread with quince jelly filling.
  • Pionono: small pastries.
  • Postre Chaja: cake made with tinned peaches, whipped cream and dulce de leche.
  • Semifreddo: a semi-frozen dessert of ice cream and whipped cream.
  • Sweet Anise Bread: sweet bread with anise seeds.

Fast food

  • Chivito: sandwich-style national dish in Uruguay.
  • Farinata: a thin pancake made of chickpea flour, water and olive oil.
  • Uruguayan Pizza: has square shape and cooked without cheese.

Street food

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Cafe tallat: strong coffee with milk.
  • Mate: infused drink, prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

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