Historic area Mouraria Lisbon, Amália Rodrigues, Mariza, cheap restaurants & recipe Carne de porco à Alentejana
Mouraria is an ancient area in the heart of Lisbon where fado was born. Amália Rodrigues was born nearby. Mariza, the internationally well-known fado singer started her career in Mouraria where she grew up and performed many times in bar ANOS 60. Together with Alfama, the area is a muddle of very narrow streets and small squares, which gives the visitor a glimpse of a forgotten age.
Armeinio Ramos, owner of restaurant ‘O Basilio’, Mouraria , Rua Marquês de Ponte de Lima, Lisbon
Mouraria is still filled with old taverns and very cheap (but good!) small restaurants, serving traditional Portuguese food. In contrary to the more ‘touristical’ historical areas, like Alfama or Bairro Alto, where prices in the restaurants are mostly much higher than those in Mouraria.
Restaurant ‘O Basilio’.
Carne de porco à Alentejana (pork stew with clams, potatoes, coriander and garlic) is a traditional Portuguese dish, particularly near the Atlantic coast, where clams are easily found. It is called alentejana as being in the manner of the Alentejo, a province of Portugal.
Carne de porco à Alentejana
Delicious! If you are not too hungry ask for meia dose (half serving) € 4.80, glass of white wine € 0.75. Recipe youtube
Historical area Mouraria Lisbon
Nowadays renovation of houses, which are threatened with falling into ruins, and an improvement in the living standards of the inhabitants of Mouraria has only begun recently. In contrast, very nearby, at Praca Martim Moniz, grandiose buildings are being constructed. The people who live in Mouraria don’t understand why there’s no money available to renovate this ancient historic area.