Even Michelin star chefs dream of opening a pizzeria! This is certainly true for one of Portugal’s most beloved chefs, José Avillez. The culinary master and owner of Lisbon restaurants Belcanto and Cantinho do Avillez, follows in his father’s footsteps by opening a pizzeria in the trendy Chiado district. It is a simple concept, with an innovative twist. Pizzaria Lisboa is an instant classic.
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Those familiar with Avillez know that he has trained in the kitchens of the some of the world’s most respected chefs, like Ferran Adrià, Alain Ducasse and Eric Frechon. In 2008 he earned his first Michelin star at Lisbon’s legendary restaurant Tavares. He later ventured out to work on his own concepts. Cantinho became immediately popular, Belcante won the acclaim of critics…and, Avillez was again awarded a Michelin star.
As with his other restaurants, Avillez recruited interior designers Ana Anahory and Felipa Almeida to create a simple pizzeria ambiance. Marble top tables and wooden chairs make for a cozy under refurbished arched ceilings make for a casual and comfortable environment.
Avillez attributes his passion for pizza to his father, who had a pizzeria in Cascais. With Pizzaria Lisboa he fuses the memories of his father’s creations with his own interpretation of a Mediterranean Italian restaurant.
Avillez’ pizzas are of the utmost finest quality. First, he has imported a wood oven from Italy. (It was so large that Lisbon police had to close the streets to move it into the restaurant!) Avillez has selected the finest ingredients to use on the pizzas, including San Marzano tomatoes, the finest 00 Italian flour for the crust, and fior di latte mozzarella. He has also put in place a full-time pizziaolo.
Avillez serves traditional pizzas, such as the always-popular Margherita, as well as a menu of his own combinations based on local inspiration, such as the Fado, Bica, Alfama, Mouraria, St. Anthony, Grace, 28, Ladra, Figueira, Carmo, Madragoa, Freedom, Seven Hills, Castle, Beato or Chiado.
Yet, Avillez leaves his mark on haute gourmet creations such as: Molecular (tomato, buffalo mozzarella, onion, explosive olives and oregano: Gigi (tomato, burrata cheese, basil, garlic and Algarve carabineiros; and Gourmet (mozzarella, buffalo mozarella, Jerusalem artichoke and Pérogord truffle.
Pizzas start at €9.50. Signature pizzas range from €18.50-€55.
If pizza really isn’t your thing, Avillez also offers a selection of pastas, risottos, calzones and salads.
For more information, visit the José Avillez website.
Rua dos Duques de Bragança, 5H
Phone: +351 211 554 945
Monday to Friday – 12:30 to 15:00 and 19:30 to 24:00
Saturday – 12:30 to 16:30 and 19:30 to 24:00
Sunday – 12:30 to 22:00
Photo Credits: Paulo Barata, Guerilla Food Photography