AUTHENTIC PORTUGUESE CUISINE
Fado is a casual restaurant & bar located on bustling Hawthorne Ave. The restaurant pays homage to food and culture of Chef/Owner Nick Ross's family hailing from the Portuguese mainland, as well as the Azores Islands.
Inspired by tradition, Fado strives to use as many Portuguese products as possible to create an authentic dining experience. The all Portuguese wine list offers several glass pours, and the creative specialty cocktails make wonderful pairings for our Old World recipes. We are dedicated to using the freshest seafood, natural animal proteins, and organic produce when available.
The menu features several family recipes passed down through the generations. Some dishes have been given modern updates, while the majority of the recipes have been untouched for years.
Fado music is the heart of the Portuguese soul. It is arguably the oldest urban folk music in the world. Some say it came as a dance from Africa in the 19th century and was adopted by the poor on the streets of Lisbon. Or perhaps it started at sea as the sad, melodic songs coaxed from the rolling waves by homesick sailors and fishermen.
By the early twentieth century, fado had become a fixture in the everyday life of Lisbon’s working class. It was played for pleasure but also to relieve the pain of life. Skilled singers known as fadistas performed at the end of the day and long into the night. Fado was the earthy music of taverns and street corners in Alfama and Mouraria, the old poor sections of Lisbon.
The essential element of fado music is “saudade,” a Portuguese word that translates roughly as longing, or nostalgia for unrealized dreams. Fado flowers from this fatalistic world-view. It speaks of an undefined yearning that can’t be satisfied. For Portuguese emigrants fado is an expression of homesickness for the place they left behind.
Like other forms of folk music such as American blues, Argentine tango or Greek rebitika, fado cannot be explained; it must be felt and must be experienced.