Southeast (Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo)
The industrial heart of Brazil is home to the several distinctive styles of cooking.
In Minas the regional dishes include a lot of corn, pork, beans, and local soft ripened cheeses. Around Rio and Sao Paulo a simmered bean and meat dish of Bahian origin, feijoada completa, is popular especially in restaurants as a Wednesday and Saturday luncheon. Also consumed frequently is arroz-feijao, or rice and beans. Traditionally, black beans are prepared in Rio, red or blonde beans in Sao Paulo, and either black or red in Minas Gerais.
In Sao Paulo, the influence of European and North African immigrants is noticed in the region’s cuisine. The majority arrived from Italy, along with many from Portugal and Spain, plus other Europeans and Arab countries.