Sonia and Héctor met while studying at the UBA (Photo: Sonia Persiani).

sonia persini Remember you followed your instinct. She had received from a lawyer at the University of Buenos Aires and on the table he had the possibility of being an assistant in one of the subjects of the career. He had a good job while he was in a long-distance relationship with Hectorthat one day he called her to tell her his plan.

Born in Remedios de Escalada, district of Lanús, accepted his partner’s proposal: to move permanently to Buziossite where he had opened a charming inn with a French partner.

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“I only saw him during judicial fairs, in January and July. until One day I came to live in Brazil and we got married. I loved the life I had in Argentina, but I I loved him and I felt I had to be here”, Sonia told TN.

Sonia and Héctor met while studying at the UBA (Photo: Sonia Persiani).

He met Hector in college. She met him again a year after graduating and they started dating. “My husband passed away from cancer last year. He came here because he was very tired of Buenos Aires. Not from Argentina, but from some behaviors of society. He came to live more peacefully, ”explained the 57-year-old woman.

A new life in Brazil: far from the laws and close to the kitchen

“When I settled down I wanted to revalidate the subjects, but practically I had to take the whole course again. I learned the language quickly, that was not a problem, because I arrived and started studying. I began to write without any spelling errors”, indicated Sonia.

Despite having faced a new life in an ideal place, he could not settle down. until she discovered in gastronomy a space that not only contained her but also invited her to dream.

She began to study and perfect herself, until together with her husband, and the same French partner, they decided open a restaurant in the city center.

He left the country for love and fulfilled an unthinkable dream: to open his own restaurant facing the sea

“I put one foot on the ground when I started working with gastronomy. I missed my family a lot. Well actually I still miss her. That project was the reason that channeled my destiny. The perfect excuse to start leaving behind everything you had abandoned in Buenos Aires”, he remarked.

“I always liked to cook and much more I like to eat. When we started living with this French boy I learned many things. As everywhere you can have a restaurant without being a cook, but it is very risky to be tied to the hands of someoneSonia explained.

The Frenchman was the couple’s inspiration: he cooked from bread to desserts and exhibited a multifunction that fed Sonia with information. When he moved to Rio de Janeiro, she and Héctor continued with the restaurant. Sonia took charge of the kitchen.

Together with Héctor, they had a long-distance relationship and it was he who motivated her to live in Buzios (Photo: Sonia Persiani).
Together with Héctor, they had a long-distance relationship and it was he who motivated her to live in Buzios (Photo: Sonia Persiani).

I went to France and Italy for a while to study gastronomy. I never stopped preparing myself, I am always taking a course to update myself on everything that is happening,” he said.

The dream of opening a restaurant facing the sea

Cigalon -that’s the name of the restaurant- opened on Rua das Pedras, the main street of Buzios. However, after the pandemic, they moved it to Mangue de Pedras, a gastronomic pole facing the sea. There Sonia is also an advisor in a bakery located within the same ecosystem.

“It was hard for me to come. My parents -Alicia and Roberto- still live in Remedios de Escalada. I have two younger brothers (César and Vicente) and I never stopped missing them”, said Sonia, who a few years ago began the process of adopting a boy named Samuel.

The chef takes care of Samuel, a 10-year-old boy whom she hopes to adopt permanently in the coming months (Photo: Sonia Persiani).
The chef takes care of Samuel, a 10-year-old boy whom she hopes to adopt permanently in the coming months (Photo: Sonia Persiani).

“Today he is 10 years old. I met him while she was volunteering at a shelter center in Buzios. He couldn’t rejoin his blood family, so he went looking for him every day in the garden. We had a huge feeling. All three actually. Héctor loved waking up and reading the Argentine newspapers as a family. or see TN. Today we can’t even turn on the TV: we remember him and we don’t stop crying“, revealed.

In the years she has been living in the neighboring country, Sonia has become a fan of water sports, mainly sailing: “It gives me a unique peace of mind. I am in such harmony that I don’t know if I am part of the wind, the sea, the water”.

Regarding the economy, he assured that Buzios still hopes that its summer seasons will return to what they were before. “She is eternally pregnant, because she is always waiting. I really try not to have high expectations so that I don’t fall down later,” Sonia said in relation to the future.

He left the country for love and fulfilled an unthinkable dream: to open his own restaurant facing the sea

“There are times when the city is filled with people, there is no place to sit on top of a tree. And then a huge void: you hire extra people, you have a giant team and nothing happens, ”she added.

“When I return to Buenos Aires My dad makes a matambrito that I love. He always waits for me with that. My mom some pickled eggplantseach one has their specialty”, said Sonia.

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When comparing her life in Brazil with what she could lead in Argentina, Sonia replied: “Comparisons are hateful. Talking about the Brazilian in general is very broad. Each region has its idiosyncrasies. Here, for example, people don’t insult each other in the street. When my brother comes he is surprised because there are no honks”.

“I have been here a long time, and it is logical that I have created roots. Sometimes I talk to friends and They ask me if I see myself living in Buenos Aires again, and the truth is that it is very difficult to answer them”, he concluded.

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