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Olhão (Faro), Portugal: Decent Food and Service, But The 30% Discount Elevated My Rating

Tacho d'Avo Urbanizacao Village Marina 21A Olhao 8700-292 Portugal +351 289 722 249 Prices: €€€ € I wish I had seen the TripAdvisor 30% ...

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Tavira (Faro) Portugal: Good Seafood and Decent Italian in an Open-Air Space Overlooking the Gilão River

A Casa di Carlo e Franco
Edifício Doca R1 Quatro Águas 4 Águas Road
Tavira 8800-418 Portugal
+351 911 817 099
Prices: €€€€
Adjacent to the Gilão River in Tavira's Quatro Águas area is an unassuming restaurant you would nt know was there if you were not looking for it. An open air building with a covered terrace, the views of the river and Quatro Águas  is scenic and relaxing.

Our friends asked us to join them on a warm Sunday afternoon for lunch, having told us it was a very good Italian restaurant. Although the owners are Italian and they have a few Italian dishes, the focus here is on seafood as one might expect.
We started with the Couvert, bread butter and olives (€3.50) and two Bruschetta (€6.50), one with tomatoes and one without. The bruschetta were not traditional in the Italian sense, coming with melted mozzarella, but were very tasty, although, a bit pricey for a slice of bread, diced tomato, and cheese.
My wife and I are not huge seafood lovers, but our friends had the Frittura Mista (€22.00) - prawns, mussels, clams, octopus and veggies - and the Seafood Salad (€22.00) - similar ingredients, but not fried - which they both enjoyed very much.

My wife ordered the Spaghetti and Clams (€14.00) that, having been born in Sicily and growing up in Napoli, she liked it very much.
I decided on the Saltimbocca alla Romana (€15.00), one of my favorite dishes, normally veal scallops topped with prosciutto in a sage and butter (or EVO) sauce. It came with fries, rice or mashed potatoes, but I requested a side of spaghetti aglio e olio (garlic and EVO) instead, they were happy to oblige. Instead of veal scallops, they used extremely thinly sliced beef and, instead of prosciutto, it was topped with cooked ham (prosciutto cotto). It was tasty nonetheless, but did not compare my favorite served at La Piazza in Santa Barbara de Nexe.

The meal was very good, the company wonderful, and the scenery sublime, although, at €35 a head, I cannot say it was a great value for lunch.
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