A brief history of Italian food in Lisbon: in the 1990s, second rate Italian restaurants blossomed, offering lasagna and cream; at the turn of the century, pizzerias mushroomed; and after 2013, the vera cucina della mamma began popping up here and there; it is now very well represented. Il Matriciano is a good example of that: they have carbonara dishes made properly - with egg, guanciale (pork cheeks), Italian parmigiano and pecorino -, ricotta ravoli with homemade pasta and spinach, and eggplant alla parmigiana. Oh, and a good part of the wares come from Italy.
Time Out tips:
– In hot days or nights, the outdoors tables are a great, secluded spot.
– A nice place to practice you Italian accent and to talk with your hands.
– Try the burrata, that great Southern Italian product that melts in your mouth.