Sonoma Restaurant
La Salette Portuguese Restaurant

 

Portuguese Cookbook
Chef Azevedo offers his own interpretation of modern Portuguese cuisine, which celebrates the immense flavors and dishes of Portugal while encouraging the use of fresh local, seasonal ingredients.
360 pages, over 270 recipes.
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Inventive, contemporary Portuguese Cuisine
in the heart of the Sonoma Valley Wine Country...

At home amidst the historic buildings surrounding Sonoma’s landmark central plaza, LaSalette Restaurant has earned its reputation as one of the Sonoma Valley’s favorite restaurants since its inception in 1998. Chef Manuel Azevedo’s signature Cozinha Nova Portuguesa – “new Portuguese cuisine” – celebrates the varied and complex flavors of his native Portuguese homeland while adapting them to the immense offerings of top-quality ingredients from his current home in California. The result is a unique cuisine characterized by familiar Southern European comfort ingredients (olive oil, olives, garlic, tomatoes, onions, wine, parsley, etc.), exotic seasonings picked from around the globe during hundreds of years of Portuguese expeditionary voyages, and fresh local and seasonal Californian produce. As the success of LaSalette attests, it’s a winning combination for lovers of traditional Portuguese fare and adventurous gourmets alike. In addition to consistently rating amongst Sonoma Valley’s top restaurants in review sites, LaSalette has also achieved a 2012 Bib Gourmand rating bestowed by Michelin inspectors for offering the “best hidden culinary value” in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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LaSalette invites diners for a leisurely meal while soaking up the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant. On any night of the week, you will find Chef Azevedo cooking up a storm at the restaurant's open, wood-fired oven or giving his meticulous eye over dish presentation. The aroma of fresh house-baked bread intermingled with sizzling sardines and Portuguese spices wafts through the restaurant’s interior and out to the terrace beyond. Patrons feel as if they are dining in the chef's own home – there’s a welcoming atmosphere made warm and cozy by hanging brass cookware, wooden tables fashioned from old wine boxes, burlap draperies, and Portuguese hand-painted pottery. Diners can enjoy a casual lunch on the terrace by day or linger over an evening meal served al fresco under the stars while listening to Fado, the traditional music of Portugal, by night. Best of all, of course, is the food, which will leave you completely sated yet somehow craving more.
 
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