Fado, The soul of Portugal


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Portuguese restaurants and other venues

featuring portuguese dishes and live or background fado music

Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, California, Kansas,

Missisauga, Ontario, Toronto

Restaurants Serving Portuguese Food


Rocco's Restaurant & Bar

193 Main St, Wilmington, MA 01887



Sunset Cafe Restaurant & Lounge

851 Cambridge St, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tel: 617-547-2938


Portugalia Restaurant

723 Cambridge Street, Cambridge,  MA  02141

Tel 617-491-5373


Village Bar & Grill

38 Norman St, Everett, MA 02149

617) 294-0171


Casa Portugal Restaurant - Cambridge

1200 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

(617) 491-8880


Inner Bay Cafe & Grille - New Bedford

1339 Cove Rd, New Bedford, MA 02744

Phone: (508) 984-0489


Trackside Bar & Grill - Peabody

30 Warren Street, Peabody, MA 01960

T 978-531-1047

Popular Portuguese Dishes found in Portuguese Restaurants

Açorda de marisco, Açordas e migas, Ameijoas á Bulhão Pato (Littlenecks poached in a garlic, olive oil and white winebroth), Amêijoas na cataplana, Arroz de Lapas, Arroz de Marisco (Seafood risotto with mussels, clams, squid & lobster), Arroz de Mariscos a Valenciana (Shrimp mussels, clams, squid, pork, linguica and chicken cooked with saffron rice),Azas de galinha (Buffalo wings), Bacalhau à Brás, Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá, Bacalhau à lagareiro, Bacalhau à minhota, Bacalhau de Cebolada, Bacalhau à Zé do Pipo, Bacalhau assado com batatas a murro, Bife a Casa, Bife com ovo a cavalo, Bife de atum, Bifes de cebolada, Bife São Miguel, Bola de bacalhau, Bola de Berlim, Cabrito assado no forno, Caldeirada de Bacalhau (Traditional dry salt codfish stew), Caldeirada de peixe, Caldo Verde, Camarão São Miguel, Camarão com Queijo de Cabra, Canja, Carne de porco à alentejana, Cataplana de marisco, Coelho à caçador, Cozido à portuguesa, Empadão de carne a moda da casa, Favas guisadas, Feijoada de Mariscos, Feijoada à transmontana, Favas com Linguica, Galinha Alentejana, Galinha Vinho da Madeira, Galinha Vinho de Porto, Leitão assado, Linguica a Bombeiro (Flamed linguiça), Lulas á Alho (sautéed squid with garlic), Mexilhoes de cebolada, Migas, Migas de caldeirada de bacalhau, Pão-de-ló, Pargo no forno, Pasteis de Bacalhau (codfish cakes), Pastel de nata, Polvo assado, Polvo à lagareiro, Queijadas da Madeira, Rissóis, Salada da Horta (Garden Salad), Salada de Polvo, Salada de Bacalhau, Salada de Polvo, Salgados, Sardinas grelhadas à portuguesa, Tripas à moda do Porto ...

Listen to fado music in Boston area, Cambridge, Fall River, Lowell, New Bedford, Peabody, New Bedford,  Newington, Providence ....



  Portuguese Fado, an old form of urban folk music in Portugal, was born in the streetsand  back alleys of Lisbon, Portugal in the early  1800's. Today, fado has gained itsposition in the World Music circuit.  Fado is very much alive not only in Lisbon, Portugalbut also in the US and Canada where many fado performances and fado night eventstake place. Fado music and lyrics can convey feelings of love, joy, sadness, pain passion and loss. This traditional Portuguese music is enjoying a major resurgence, spurred on by UNESCO's designation of fado as "World Immaterial and Cultural Patrimony" The word fado comes from Latin "fatum" meaning “fate” or “destiny”.  A common theme in fado songs is "saudade". The word "saudade" is difficult to translate in any language. It refers to a longing for a happier moment in a person's life and a yearning and hopefulness towards re-living that moment. Fado is usually associated with the cities of Lisboa and Coimbra in Portugal where it flourished.  Fado music is the national song of Portugal. It is very intertwined with Portuguese culture. To truly understand Portuguese culture one needs to experience a Noite de Fados (Fado Night). Lisbon bairros (districts) where fado music flourished include: Mouraria, Alfama, Bairro Alto, Madragoa and  Alcantara. Fado singers (male or female) are usually accompanied by a portuguese  guitar (12 string guitar) and a viola (6 string acoustic guitar) 

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