There are places that everyone should visit. There are people that everyone should know. That is what we felt when we visited Optimista and met Rita Andringa and Filipe Rocha. The name of the restaurant, which opened in 2017 at Cais do Sodré in Lisbon, anticipates what we can experience there. According to the dictionary, optimist is “about optimism” which, in turn, refers to “the custom or system of believing that everything is or will turn out to be the best it can”. After speaking with Rita and Filipe we realized the reason why it was chosen (the restaurant’s name in English is Optimist). And we also realized that everything there is done with a great passion. The couple, with the precious help of Pedro Ventura – the third member of this partnership – gave way, and a face, to a dream. From the dishes to the decoration, from the soundtrack to the art works, everything co-exists perfectly.

Featured in ROOF 17



Text: Isadora Faustino
Photos: Luís Ferraz


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