As a very exceptional treat, I’d cap things off with a visit to Largo do Pac?o. In the Casa da Calçada hotel, a stately pile right on the river, it’s one of Portugal’s best restaurants outside Lisbon
The new tasting menus at Largo do Paço, a Michelin star restaurant installed at Casa da Calçada Relais & Chateaux, in Amarante, have been available since the beginning of July. With “fresh and authentic flavors”, as read in a statement, the dishes developed by the team led by Tiago Bonito reinforce “its identity as an original and contemporary cuisine, with great connection to traditional Portuguese cuisine”.
We are a month from the beginning of summer, but we just feel like ice cream and recipes that we can make with them. Yes, because taking out of the box for a bowl and eating with a spoon is a thing of the past. Chef Tiago Bonito, from the Michelin-star restaurant Largo do Paço, in Amarante, created this chocolate mousse with an author’s touch.
Romantic, historic, elegant, comfortable. Casa da Calçada is worth not only for the rooms and suites, but also for the gardens and pools, for the views and flavors. This is a well kept secret in the North.
“In 2017, Tiago Bonito took over the kitchen of Largo do Paço in Amarante. For now, everything has gone for the best for the chef who, despite his Coimbra roots, spent much of his professional life in the south; in the Algarve. It is no coincidence then that he has a special passion for the sea and for everything it provides.”
“Chef Tiago Bonito began at Largo do Paço last year and has managed to keep the star that has distinguished this restaurante, set in Hotel Casa da Calçada Relais & Chateaux in Amarante, for many years. In 2019, the star remains.”
“In today’s world of gastronomy, less is increasingly more. Less production, more quality in the field. Fewer ingredients, better taste of each one. To speak of Tiago Bonito and of Largo do Paço is to speak of the reflection of this premise.”
“When the parade of plates begins, a symphony of perfection, much of the work is left behind. And many people. Michelin stars (awarded on the 21st in Lisbon) are the fruit of the labour of whole teams that go beyond the chefs. We went to meet the less obvious faces of this Olympus of gastronomy in Portugal: today, the red carpet is theirs.”
“Tiago Bonito is the Executive Chef at Largo do Paço, the 2004 Michelin starred restaurant which honourably occupies the charming hotel Casa da Calçada, in Amarante. The exquisite cuisine of Largo do Paço is made of stories, memories of flavors, of great and meticulous combinations.”
“A XVI century palace houses one of the most traditional and reputable hotel entities in Portugal. We’re talking about Casa da Calçada hotel. An accommodation nestled in a paradise that hides one of the temples of Portuguese (‘lusa’) cuisine.”
“Occupying a XVI century palace overlooking the Tâmega River, the hotel Casa da Calçada Relais & Chateaux, is an idyllic refuge offering memorable experiences just a few minutes from Porto. To its famed restaurant Largo do Paço, distinguished with a Michelin star, comes the addition of Canto Redondo, a more casual space open since last July and both under the command of the talented chef Tiago Bonito.”
“Several Michelin starred chefs originating from Relais & Chateaux hotels in all 4 corners of the world are travelling to Amarante. “Chef d’Ouevre is an expression of French origin that means ‘an artist’s masterpiece’ and that is exactly what Chef Óscar Velasco and I are preparing for the 4th of August” says Tiago Bonito, chef of the Largo do Paço restaurant and host of this initiative.”
“The Casa da Calçada Relais & Chateaux hotel and Largo do Paço restaurant launch the first grand edition of the international Chef d’Oeuvre event, a dinner with a Relais & Chateaux signature that will take place at the Largo do Paço in Amarante. Through it, will pass different Michelin starred chefs originating from Relais & Chateaux hotels and restaurants in all four corners of the world.”
“The combination of flavours and vibrant colours created by Tiago Bonito is a kind of ode to Summer. At the same time, the new menu denotes the irreverence and creativity of the restaurant’s chef at the charming hotel Casa da Calçada in Amarante”
“Amarante is the city of love, of confectionary, and of art. Here is an itinerary with everything you can do in one day in this riverside city. The festival MIMO, which takes place from the 20th to the 22nd July, is a good excuse to visit Amarante. There is music, cinema, poetry and activities for the younger ones. But that isn’t the only reason.”
“If a renowned chef charms many people, two enchant many more. The executive chef of the Michelin starred restaurant at Largo do Paço, Tiago Bonito, launched the challenge to Ricardo Costa: to create a “four-handed” menu. The executive chef of the Yeatman Hotel’s Michelin starred restaurant didn’t hesitate to accept and will be the first guest at this unprecedented gastronomic event.”
Michelin starred chefs Tiago Bonito and Ricardo Costa create an unrepeatable menu. Long time friends and professional colleagues, Tiago Bonito (Executive chef at Largo do Paço, the Michelin starred restaurant at Casa da Calçada Relais & Chateaux hotel) and Ricardo Costa (Executive chef at the Yeatman hotel restaurant and owner of two Michelin stars) are preparing na unprecedented gastronomic event where, for the first time, they will cook together a unique and unrepeatable menu”
“Right next to the Michelin starred restaurant, sharable comfort food is being served up. Despite the exquisite ambience of the space, with an abundance of art work, purple walls and classic armchairs, we almost seem to be mistalen in the room. But there is an explanation. The perks of a journalist’s life. Besides the space, we also get to know the new menu prepared by Tiago Bonito, the Michelin starred chef also in command of the Largo do Paço kitchen next door.”