One of the highlights of a trip abroad is the opportunity to immerse yourself not just in a country’s culture, but also in its cuisine. Portugal is no exception, with a whole range of delightful dishes on offer for the eager tourist.
However, if you are visiting Porto for more than a few days, it is likely that you will be ready to sample an alternative to the delicious salt cod, seafood and sardine specialities. If this is the case, head for D’Oliva Al Forno Restaurant in Porto.
D’Oliva Al Forno Restaurant will transport you instantly from Portugal to the valleys and shores of Italy, all from the comfort of your dining room table. Located in a former wine warehouse, this restaurant has undergone major renovations, recreating the sights and smells of Italy, with wooden furnishing and shelves and a huge bar, creating an authentic rustic yet sophisticated ambience.
True to its provenance as a Porto wine warehouse, D’Oliva Al Forno Restaurant is famous for its wine collection. With over 200 varieties on offer there is plenty to choose from, hailing from the local wineries as well as other wine-growing regions in Portugal, Italy, Europe and beyond. The collection is displayed prominently on the wooden shelving that surrounds the restaurant, focused primarily on the expansive bar area.
The bar here is a destination in its own right, popular with drinkers and revellers of all generations. But the real joy of eating at D’Oliva Al Forno is to sample the delicious tastes of Italy. The menu offers fresh pastas every day, as well as a range of authentic pizzas, daily specials featuring meat and fish dishes, and mouth-watering homemade desserts.
The waiting staff is friendly and helpful, and there is plenty of advice to be had in case you are looking for the perfect wine to match your meal. After all, with over 200 to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice.
D’Oliva Al Forno Restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12.30pm to 3pm and from 8pm to midnight, closed on Sunday and Monday. Prices are competitive in comparison to similar restaurants in other parts of Europe, though this is not a budget eatery. Expect to pay 30 to 40 euros per head for a three-course meal with wine.
D’Oliva Al Forno Restaurant
Rua Brito e Cunha 354