Italian cuisine has conquered the world for a long time and Lisbon, as the European capital, is not immune to the presence of the most important international cuisines. It is certain that Italian cuisine is gaining fans and that the spaces dedicated to it are a success, with the particularity of today offering a cuisine that goes far beyond pasta and pizza, and even these two unavoidable references reach unparalleled levels of quality. Despite the pandemic, in the last year Lisbon saw the opening of more than a dozen Italian restaurants. And the fever seems to have no end… To help with the choice, on the eve of the celebrations of the National Day of Italy (June 2), Boa Cama Boa Mesa suggests seven novelties that deserve reservation.
Libertà, cosmopolitan and authentic
A cereal-lined ceiling makes perfect sense when pasta of various kinds is so important in Italian cuisine. The ceiling of the new restaurant of the Lisbon Street Kitchen kitchen, is covered with 80,000 hanging spikes. The kitchen is open and has the controls Sílvio Armanni who passed by the starred Luca Fantin, in Tokyo, and won a Michelin star for the Octavium, in Hong Kong. “Meat ravioli with pancetta, sage, butter and parmesan” recall Bergamo, the hometown of chef. Fresh pasta marks the menu. A simple “Spaghetti Pomodoro”, prepared in an exemplary way, is heavenly. In the starters, the “Lirio cru marinated” and “Tártaro de velho” go well with the Focaccia thin in the oven with Stracchino cheese. in Libertà try the “Wild sea bass on the grill” with celery root purée and the “Breaded veal cutlet in breaded”. Toast with “Libertà Mule” (cardamom and thyme-infused vodka, elderflower liqueur, ginger beer and lime). Try the traditional Italian aperitif now, with snacks and drinks, from 3 pm to 7 pm, from Wednesday to Saturday. Flours, pasta, biscuits, oils and San Marzano tomatoes are on sale in the restaurant’s shop.
Rua Rodrigues Sampaio, 39, Lisbon. Tel. 213541182
Rocco, sophisticated and versatile
The doors open and the initial reaction is a resounding “wow!”. This is the effect of this cosmopolitan restaurant, which encompasses three areas at different times: a Gastrobar, with marbled flooring, central counter, wide selection of wines and cocktails, cold and hot snacks, cheeses and charcuterie; the secluded Crudo Bar, where seafood and ceviche are served, and a Ristorante dedicated to authentic Italian cuisine. Seafood is the star of the card. The “Marvels of the Sea” have a transversal place, both in the Gastrobar and Ristorante menus, namely: “Linguini de Lavagante”, “Ravioli de Sapateira” and “Risotto de Carabineiro”, among other options. But, at Rocco Ristorante, there are also Italian classics to try such as “Melanzane alla Parmigiana”, “Seabass with risotto alle vongole”, “Cotoletta di veal ala Milanese”, “Ossobuco with saffron risotto” and “Steak Rossini”. Us antipasti timeless dishes such as “Burrata DOP”, “Carpaccio de velho”, “Vitelo tonnato” or “Arancini al Telefono”, with romesco sauce, stand out. The wine list is rich in sparkling wines and, above all, champagnes. It is possible to have lunch and dinner at Rocco. Finish your meal with a coffee on Terraza, a terrace with a unique charm.
The Ivens, Rua Ivens, 14, Lisbon Tel. 210543168
M’Arrecreo, “true napoletan”
Start right away by tasting the intense “Parmigiana de Melanzane”, accompanied by an Italian Moretti beer or a Portuguese Musa. Don’t miss the “Polipo alla Luciana”, spicy octopus with tomato, capers and olives, and the tasting of burratas with different combinations. This is a place of worship for Neapolitan cuisine. The pizzas are certified by the demanding Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, which guarantees the quality of the raw material and the preparation process and the chef is, of course, of Neapolitan origin. Gennaro Langella was born in Naples and belongs to a family with four generations of pizzaiolos. She started at just 13 years old to take her first steps in the world of cooking, in the family’s historic pizzeria. She has a 30-year career with chefs renowned for Neapolitan cuisine and is also trainer of the “Associazione”. We recommend the well-seasoned “Pizza M’Arrecreo” and don’t miss Nuno Rosa’s cocktails, such as the “Limontejo & Gin Fizz”. At M’Arrecreo there are more daring proposals for those who are absolute fans of Naples cuisine: the new and special “Pizza Salsicha Pedrazzoli and greens” whose calling card is the fact that it is irresistible to the numerous Italian customers who visit the restaurant.
Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara, 35, Lisbon. Tel. 910599555
Tutti a Tavola, Italian with twist
It is a project that was born in the heart of Jardim do Campo Grande, next to the emblematic Kaleidoscope, with an intimate atmosphere and decoration where the Marinha Grande lamps stand out, in addition to a very airy terrace. It is the fruit of the will of three brothers, Sandra, Pedro and Luís Araújo, with the family history linked to this area of Lisbon. O chef is Carlos Rendón, a native of the Mayan area of Yucatan, Mexico. It creates fresh pasta with its own recipe in different formats such as “Capppeline”, thin pasta al burro, with grilled chicken and caper sauce or “Arrancine” stuffed with crab, with asparagus and spinach sauce. As a cover charge, in Tutti a Tavola, suggests the original “Paté di carciofi e spinaci”, a sun-dried tomato and Parmesan cheese gratin to spread on a crispy pizza bread. Nomain dishes, try the “Porchetta with gorgonzola sauce and mashed sweet potato and spinach”. Don’t forget to try the signature cocktails from bartender Ricardo Shawl. Another chef exclusive not to be missed is the “Tartuff with semisweet chocolate with hazelnut mousse and salted caramel”. ANDthere are options for children, and during The week, executive menu consisting of starter, main course and drink for €14.50.
Campo Grande Garden, Kaleidoscope, Liga Foundation, Lisbon. Tel. 217970482
Allora, the trattoria from a five star hotel
Inspired by trattorias Italian cuisine, the menu of the brand new Allora, inserted in the EPIC SANA Marquês, a five-star hotel in Lisbon, focuses on the raw material coming mainly from Italy. The Antipasti Bar can be a start, but interestingly also a great ending. The starting point is a “Madrone”, a Martini with a twist, infused with the essence of Padrón peppers, a beautiful aperitif to then surrender to the hands of the chef Francesco Francavilla, already in the space of ristorante. The “Carpaccio di manzo, veal loin, laminated mushrooms, parmesan flakes and balsamic vinegar”, is light, crispy and creamy, an experience. Try the “Tagliatelle alla carbonara”, with truffle, parmesan and the traditional crunchy guanciale, the “Risotto all’astice”, with lobster bisque, the “Sogliola alla mugnoila” (sole with a white wine reduction) and the “ Entrecôte Black Angus”, with parmesan shavings. Finally, the classic “Canollo Siciliano”, sweet pasta with ricotta mousse, a typical dessert from the southern region of Italy. Return to the bar for a taste of Italian cheese. Finish the meal with the “Gambino”, prepared with bourbon, blend of vermouths, coffee and chocolate. The Allora restaurant serves dinner only.
EPIC SANA Marquês, Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, 8, Lisbon. Tel. 210064314
Veramente Pizza & Vino, family and casual
It opened in the middle of a pandemic and conquered space in Lisbon’s demanding Italian offer. Located near the Assembly of the Republic, it commands the chef Italian Igor Penna. He found love in Lisbon and decided to stay and venture into this project. Italian DOP products flood the menu. From the starters, with the unmissable Tplates of Italian cheeses and sausages, which can be combined with the focacciasto which the chef has recently added a new suggestion, of prosciutto di Parma PDO, mozzarella di Bufala PDO and tomato, and Bruschettas different dishes, with avocado with a touch of ricotta, or with nduja and spicy sausage typical of the Calabria region, in southern Italy. Great news in Veramente Pizza & Vino are the panini, typical Italian sandwiches, served on crusty bread, such as the “Toscano”, with Firenze DOP salami and gorgonzola, or the “Romagnolo”, with ham and mozzarella di Bufala, but also the “Vegetarian”, with vegetables and artichoke and pistachio pesto, and even Inferno, for the most daring salami and spicy sausage.
Av. Dom Carlos, 144, Lisbon. Tel. 213960987
Caja, familiar and relaxed
It is the home of Catalina, of Chilean origin, who lived in Bologna, and her husband Bubacar, who is mostly in charge of the kitchen. They serve fresh pasta such as “Cappelletti de carne”, “Ravioloni de gilded”, lasagna (vegetarian and meat), gnocchi, tagliatelle and meat ravioli, with various sauces to choose from, including truffle, dried tomato, walnut, cream, butter and sage, sausage, cream and peas, tomato and meat. It is within walking distance of the Forno do Tijolo Market, between Intendente and Avenida Almirante Reis, and was once the home of a drugstore. Caja has friendly prices and invites you to stay for the relaxed atmosphere typical of this area cool, either inside or on the enclosed terrace. You can also take fresh pasta home. It’s an honest, everyday restaurant.
Rua Andrade, 9/11, Anjos, Lisbon. Tel. 926506956
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