HERS: We got a tip from a Portugese family about a
great place for Portugese food. They said it was where
they went and where Portugese families get their parties
catered. Two hours later we arrived there for dinner and
just loved the place. Owner and Chef T. Vincente proved
a hospitable host, walking around talking to his guests
as well as cooking for them.
We were there on Saturday night when - although not
listed on the menu - he offers Grilled Red Snapper.
Also not listed on the menu is what they offer
for Friday lunch.....octopus sauteed in garlic and
white wine! The Grilled Red Snapper was just
scrumptious, sided with boiled potatoes and
broccolli rabe. I ordered the Seafood Mix and
asked for an addition of Portugese sausage.
Wow! What a combination. The juices from
the clams spilling over to mix with the juices
from the grilled smoky sausages, mixed in with
grilled shrimp and squid.....another awesome
The place is packed with families and lovers,
so be patient for your table, there are only
about 8 of them.
Of course we had to have the Flan for dessert
and it was tender and wonderful. The chef/owner
brought out as a treat a plate of sliced
goat cheese and sliced sweet cinamon
bread as well as two glasses of white port
and two shots of something he called:
Portugese Custard Cake Liquor.
Here's a picture of this ambrosial drink!
You need to go to this restuarant.
There are so few real restaurants left.
Let's make sure they endure.
I was a little nervous about going over there
having never heard of the restaurant. Hidden
not only in reputation but also hidden in kind
of an oddball place where you would never
run into it. The parking lot was jammed.
The place looked like a little dinky local
bar from the outside. Walked inside.
Had a five minute wait. It appeared to be
a restaurant where the owners and the
staff knew everyone and everyone looked
like they were at home.
The portions looked not only beautiful but
huge. I felt like I might have been in another
country or a New York Portugese ghetto.
They sat us, and were embracing, almost
with a Welcome to my House attitude.
The waiter came over - very warm, very
helpful, because the menu needed describing.
The atmosphere for a place that mobbed was
quiet and peaceful and relaxing. The Portugese
rolls and Portugese white wine, the bowl of olives....
it was a fun way to start off the meal and the wine
was delicious. The presentation of all three dishes
we ordered was beautiful, and all were very fresh
and as you can see from the pictures very colorful.
The lettuce in the Caesar Salad was crisp. My Grilled
Snapper was absolutely perfectly prepared and each
bite was wonderful. The waiter was always on top
of us with great service. As the place emptied out,
the chef came out and mingled. We got a little bit
of insight into how the dishes were made and we
ended our meal with liquors and special treats.
All around, it was great food, warm environment,
hospitable help, great conversation place....and
wouldn't hesitate going back frequently. The prices
are more than fair. Delicious. Looking forward to
trying other dishes there. This place is really fun!
PRIMA VERA PUB
271 Newington Avenue