Jamie Oliver opens Italian restaurant in Lisbon
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has opened his first restaurant in Portugal.
It is part of his ‘Jamie’s Italian’ chain and is located in Lisbon’s Princípe Real neighbourhood. Pizzas, fresh pasta and even Italian burgers are all part of the menu, which uses a bunch of Portuguese ingredients despite the eatery’s Italian label.
The restaurant opened on Friday, January 26 without any kind of warning. According to Público newspaper, journalists were only invited to visit “Jamie’s Italian Lisboa” three days after it opened.
Jamie Oliver did not travel to Portugal for the opening but he did record a video for the restaurant’s Facebook page.
“Jamie’s Italian is all about proper rustic Italian dishes, with a little bit of a twist,” he says.
“It’s food that all your friends and family will absolutely love, we’re making fresh past every single day from the most beautiful ingredients, plus healthy salads, grills, amazing main courses, fantastic pizza and some beautiful, indulgent desserts.”
The average cost of a meal is around €25 per person, says Público.
The menu includes starters ranging from fried mushrooms with mayonnaise (€4.95) and the ‘ultimate’ garlic bread (€4.75) to meat boards to share (€7.50 per person).
A prosciutto pizza costs €12.95 while the “famous prawn linguini” can be enjoyed for €14.25.
Jamie’s Italian is a chain of restaurants founded by Jamie and his Italian mentor, chef Gennaro Contaldo, in Oxford, 2008. It has grown since then to more than 60 restaurants worldwide.