Just steps away from Healdsburg’s landmark plaza, Café Lucia invites you to a leisurely meal in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere made warm and cozy by hanging canvas prints of landscapes and scenery from the Azores and Portugal, and the wooden tables fashioned from old wine boxes. Enjoy a casual lunch in the courtyard or and evening meal served al fresco with Fado, the tradional music of Portugal, playing in the background. Best of all, of course, is the genuinely caring service and food, which will leave you completely sated yet somehow craving more.
Healdsburg Restaurant, Cafe Lucia offers Cozinha Nova Portuguesa - "new Portuguese cuisine"- celebrating the varied and complex flavors of Portugal, adapted to the immense offerings of top-quality ingredients from Sonoma County. The result is a unique cuisine characterized by familiar Mediterranean and Iberian staples (olive oil, olives, garlic, tomatoes, onions, wine, saffron, etc.), exotic spices and flavorings picked from around the globe during hundreds of years of Portuguese expeditionary voyages and fresh local and seasonal Californian ingredients from land and sea. It's a winning combination for lovers of traditional Portuguese fare and adventurous diners alike.
"Cozinha Nova Portuguesa"
It’s a cuisine that uses the core flavors of traditional Portuguese food but uses local ingredients. Essentially, Cozinha Nova Portuguesa is ingredient driven – it’s about using whatever is available around you and adapting Portuguese flavors to those ingredients. In a way, this is precisely the foundation of traditional Portuguese food as well. Incorporating new ingredients is one of the hallmarks of Portuguese cooking historically, which has been influenced by ingredients and cultures from across the globe.
Bring in a bottle of your favorite Sonoma County wine and we will take care of the rest!
Complimentary corkage will be given for 1 standard sized bottle per table
Cafe Lucia offers a diligently curated beverage list comprised of both local and Portuguese beer and wine.
The slections are chosen for their ability to accompany the cuisine and all offer a great value.
In addition, Cafe Lucia carries an extensive Port and Madiera list to pair with dessert!
235 Healdburg Avenue, Suite 105
Healdsburg, California 95448
Brother and sister team (Chef Manuel and Lucia as your host) share a passion for food and their Portuguese heritage. In 1968, their father, Raimundo Faustino Azevedo, sold his worldly possessions, a pair of oxen and a milk cow, and moved his wife and two sons (Manuel, being the oldest) to Healdsburg, California, where their father worked as a dairyman. Lucia was born shortly thereafter. The family eventually grew to six and ultimately settled in Sonoma Valley in 1976.
The work of a dairyman was demanding and life in the United States was a challenge for a family of six, yet the family never lacked fresh delicious food. There was always an abundance of fresh milk, as well as sides of beef and pork on a biannual basis. The family grew its own vegetable garden and had fresh eggs daily courtesy oftheir hens. Their mother, LaSalette, made fresh cheese and bread on a weekly basis. The siblings were very much a part of the food gathering and preparation process in the family home. Neither of the siblings recall “learning” to cook; food preparation was always second nature -- in their blood. The parents learned of American foods through their children. The family table was an adventure.
As children of immigrant parents, the siblings grew up with a strong work ethic and desire for the American dream. Café Lucia is a culmination of that dream.
GROUPS AND EVENTS
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