Ms. Azevedo opened Café Lucia with her brother, Executive Chef Manuel Azevedo, as a tribute to the varied and complex flavors of their Portuguese heritage. Their parents immigrated to the United States in 1968, and their father worked as a dairyman. Though life in the US was not always easy, Lucia says her family never lacked fresh food. They grew their own vegetables, made fresh cheese and bread each week, and the dairy provided an abundance of fresh milk and beef. Lucia and her siblings grew up on Portuguese food, and eventually introduced their parents to American dishesCafé Lucia offers Cozinha Nova Portuguesa, or “new Portuguese cuisine,” that celebrates the flavors of Portugal with adaptations to include Sonoma County ingredients. “It’s my way to celebrate my culture and my cuisine,” says Ms. Azevedo.
Make sure to try the scallops and the Bacalhau no Forno!