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Portuguese flavors in Wine Country

Cafe Lucia, a new restaurant serving Portuguese cuisine with a Wine Country twist, opened earlier this month in the former Affronti space at 235 Healdsburg Ave.

Lucy Fincher of Healdsburg teamed up with her brother, chef/owner Manuel Azevedo of LaSalette in Sonoma, to open the restaurant. Jason Santos, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, serves as Chef de Cuisine.

The dinner menu includes Tasca tasting plates (3 for $16) that range from Boquerones (White Anchovies) to Pig's Ear and Parsley Salad.

Dinner starters ($13 to $15) include traditional dishes such as Sardinhas Assadas (grilled whole sardines) and Chourico Crusted Day Boat Scallops.

Entrees ($19-$26) range from a Portuguese Fisherman's Stew and to Feijoada Completa, the national dish of Brazil.

The lunch menu includes a wide range of tascas, starters, soups, salads and entrees, plus a choice of sandwiches ($11-$13), including a Dungeness Crab Pita "Melt."

Cafe Lucia is open daily for lunch and dinner. 431-1113. www.cafelucia.com.


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