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Les Olives

At Rua do Comércio 7, French chef Gregory Luigi Crobu has created a cozy piece of Provence in Paraty. Les Olives was decorated with French objects by the chef's Brazilian wife, Marlise Wilden.

The restaurant is in a long, narrow property which houses next-door Atelier André Meurer and Luciana Machado. Some of the tables are placed in the light of the small open courtyard.

When I stopped by, I asked chef Crobu which of his own dishes he prefers.

"Camarão Les Olives," he said, "shrimp in a red and yellow pepper sauce with celery rice. I also recommend the moqueca caiçara, bobó de camarão and risoto marinado."

Chef Crobu and his wife also own a pousada in Paraty: Pousada Provence in the Caburê district, a very short walk from the Pontal Bridge entrance to Centro Histórico.

The rate for a double room in summer 2010 is R$198, a pretty reasonable price for Paraty.

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