Foodies in northern Portugal will be elated to learn about Pitada de Mar, the new modern fish restaurant on Rua Heróis de França in Matosinhos. Well-known local restaurateur Jorge Polónia has transformed a traditional Portuguese tavern into a swank new space offering sophisticated seafood in this seaside community.
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Pitada de Mar translates to Pinch (or “just a little bit”) of the Sea. So, given the restaurant’s name and location, no surprise to find out Pitada de Mar specializes in cuisine from the sea. Expect grilled fish and fresh seafood dishes prepared in innovative ways. Specialty of the house is the Bacalhau à Pitada de Mar (secret recipe for codfish served in bread). The restaurant offers meat dishes as well, with Polónia suggesting Costeletão de Novilho Grelhado na Brasa (large flame-grilled veal chop).
Before the renovation, Pitada de Mar was known by locals as Macanudo, an old traditional Portuguese tavern. For decades, Macanudo was a favorite end-of-day watering hole for fishermen and laborers. In fact, the new restaurant still maintains the original charter signed in 1946 by then Mayor Fernando Domingues da Hora Aroso.
Now, all physical features of Macanudo have been removed to make way for twenty-first century styling. Contemporary design prevails. Schools of fish swim on the walls in modern carved wood sculptures. Square-patterned ironwork across windows and doors provide a retro modern feel.
Upstairs is an open rooftop terrace for dining under the stars. This vantage point offers great views of the harbor passenger terminal and the sea beyond.
Prices for meals range from €15-20.
Restaurante Pitada de Mar
Rua Heróis de França, 340
Phone: +351 229 379 981
Mobile: +351 963 972 305
Thursday through Tuesday – 12:00 to 15:00 and 19:00 to 24:00