The Famous Bauru
The history of the famous Bauru and its invention
One of the most famous sandwiches of Brazil is the Bauru. Casimiro Pinto Neto, also known as "o Bauru" (The Bauru) invented the sandwich that bore his nickname in 1936. Nicknamed after his native city of Bauru, in Sao Paulo, Casimiro, a regular at Ponto Chic, requested that Carlos -- the cook -- build him a special sandwich: roast beef, sliced tomato, jarred pickle, and 4 kinds of cheese melted in a double boiler, served on a french roll smeared with butter. Since then, Ponto Chic has kept the traditional recipe of Bauru.
The story is traditionally told as Casimiro recalls it:
"It was a day wich I was very hungry. I went to the late sandwich cook, Carlos, and said, 'cut open a french roll, take out the inside and put melted cheese on it.' Carlos was in the process of closing the roll when I said, 'Wait, we still need a little protein in it.' (I had read on a children’s book from the Secretaria da Educação e Saúde (Department of Education and Health) – written by the late mayor Wladimir de Toledo Piza, also customer of Ponto Chic – that meat was rich in protein); 'Place two slices of roast beef with the cheese.' Once again, before Carlos could close the sandwich, I interrupted and said, 'It still needs vitamins, place two slices of tomato.' This is the true “Bauru."
When I was eating the new sandwich, my friend “Quico” (Antonio Boccini Jr) arrived. He took a piece of my sandwich and liked it. He called the Russian waiter, Alex, and said, 'I’d like one like Bauru's.' Each time my friends would order they would ask for that sandwich, the one "like Bauru's" and so the named began its fame."
And this is how the name “Bauru” came about for the sandwich that was invented by Casimiro Pinto Neto – “Mr. Bauru”.