Many Americans know Brazilian food primarily from churrascarias, the all-you-can-eat steakhouses that fill diners up on numerous preparations of freshly cut meats.
A good churrascaria that keeps the food coming is a treasure, but it’s not the only way to enjoy Brazilian cuisine. Boom Brasil, Ristorante Barbecue in Sacile, not far from Aviano Air Base in Italy, offers plentiful entrees in a traditional meal setting.
This restaurant’s specialty is grilled meats cooked over firewood, but they also offer a great cocktail bar and many appetizers, side dishes and desserts.
Boom Brasil opened at the beginning of June and it’s usually very busy during dinner service. It’s located within a few minutes’ walk from the Sacile train station, making it easily accessible.
It’s recommended that you call ahead and make a reservation. I took my family there on a Friday night and we didn’t have one, so we ordered drinks while waiting about 15 minutes for a table to become available.
My wife started off with a tasty margarita and I had a Brahma, which is a pretty standard Brazilian lager. They also serve the caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail. It’s made with cachaca, a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice, as well as sugar and lime.
To accompany the drinks, we ordered some delicious coxinha de frango, which are fried, shredded chicken-filled dumplings. The pastelzinho di carne, a type of meat-filled empanada, was also very tasty.
For a main entree, the gran grigliata mista should satisfy a hearty appetite. The mixed grill included beef, a pork chop, two types of sausages, chicken drumsticks and fried polenta. All the main dishes come with white rice and black beans. Cassava flour and salsa are used to dress up the meats. It’s 20 euros but well worth it — we’ll get it again.
I wouldn’t say the same for the vegetarian meal we ordered, which included basmati rice, black beans, fried cassava, salsa and cassava flour. For what we got, it wasn’t worth the price.
Although they don’t have a kids’ menu, they do offer a hot dog in their appetizer menu, which satisfied my son.
This restaurant isn’t very big — it has roughly 10-12 tables, with distance built in for coronavirus safety. There’s also some limited seating at the bar.
Whether you’ve had Brazilian food before or it’s new to you, I feel comfortable saying that most people will like Boom Brasil. We plan on being return customers.
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Address: Via Virgilio Fasan, 13, 33077 Sacile PN, Italy
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-midnight
Food: Grilled meats, salads, appetizers
Drinks: Imported and local bottled beer, draft beer, wine and a full bar, including caipirinhas
Prices: 17-30 euros ($19 to $34) for a complete meal with appetizer, main entree, beverage and dessert
Menu: Italian, Portuguese and English. Most of the workers speak enough English to take your order.
Phone: +39 348 8957815. Please call to make a reservation.