The first mozzarella bar in Portugal opened in Porto’s city centre under the guidance of chef Luís Américo. The chef, who also owns nearby Cantina 32, went on a trip to Italy and brought with him what he liked best. When you come into the restaurant, you’ll find jars with several varieties of mozzarella: fresh (the better known), bocconcini (ball-shaped, with a little more texture) and affumicata (smoked). These are only a few of the possibilities. Patrons are supposed to mix and match mozzarella varieties with vegetables such as purple leaf lettuce, Italian chicory, green lollo lettuce, or Italian deli specialities, such as Parma DOP prosciutto. If you don’t want to choose, several set dishes are available: for instance, the cold tomato cream with burrata, olive oil and basil, or the laminated courgette with affumicata mozzarella, pepper jam and boiled pear.
Time Out tips:
– The mozzarella comes from Caserta, in Italy’s southern Campania region.
– Earned a rare five-star Time Out review.
– The ladies’ room has two toilets since ‘women always go together’, the chef jokes.