It chilled down, the typical July heat gave way to damp-coldish sea air and you already could guess the early morning fog of next day. You’d like to hide yourself and simply enjoy some nice food. The “Sitio do Rio” is exactly the place for that. Low built into the dune landscape it’s a perfect haven if it is too cold or rough for this time in the year. As it is tonight. We climbed down the stairs to get to the sheltered terrace, which is already occupied up to the last chair. But in both dining areas we find enough tables, which actually is surprising as here are the televisions and tonight they broadcast the game of the games: EM-semifinal, Portugal against Spain. Thereto a grilled chicken from the wood fired oven, a chilly Rose and chocolate cake along with penalty shootout! Eventually the plates are emptied, Portugal lost and outside the fog is expecting us.
The following day, Portugal still lost the game though but the fog vanished. The sun is laughing, it’s midday and we are starving. When we were eating at the L-Colesterol two days ago we heard that the other branch in Aldeia Pedralva got shut down what we regret. We always went there to eat something and to enjoy their beautiful terrace. However, the restaurant still exists, explained Susanna, the manager of L-Colesterol; The new owners are good friends, she assured, and they cook as tasty as in the L-Colesterol, yet under a different name (Sitio da Pedralva) and from a quality and style point of view, nothing’s changed. A statement we wanted to double-check and went off. As we arrived, freshly caught sardines are getting placed onto the grill and suddenly we do not care anymore about the menue and all the tapas specialities. On the fly we decided to go traditionally: olives, cheese, pimentos and “sardinhas grelhadas”, served with crispy salad, cooked potatoes and coolish white wine. There is nothing better, on such a broiling day. However, we will return. Then, so we hope, it will be a cooler day and we ready for the home made specialities of the Sitio da Pedralva.
Where to find