Owned by the Brazilian-Italian Fasano chain of restaurants and hotels, Gero offers one of Rio de Janeiro’s most sophisticated Italian dining experiences. Located in Rio’s trendy Ipanema neighborhood, Gero restaurant features the Fasano group’s signature contemporary design of polished wooden floors, soaring high ceilings, and sleek chrome and exposed brick walls to complete the dramatic look. Attracting Rio’s fashionable see-and-be-seen crowd, Gero’s menu lives up to the restaurant’s impressive surrounds, where chef Salvatore Loi and his team offer an inventive northern Italian-inspired menu of impeccable risottos and homemade pasta dishes, along with mains such as rack of lamb with black truffle and foie gras. Don’t miss the signature shrimp risotto with pumpkin, or the creamy espresso-laced mascarpone tiramisu to complete the Gero dining experience. The in-house bar runs the length of the dining room, where an impressive (yet pricey) wine list rounds out the menu. This is one of Rio de Janeiro’s most glamourous Italian dining experiences, with an indulgent price tag to match. Bookings advised.