The Ria is served either hot or cold, but always tasty.
The Ria is drunken and delighted. The Ria has the art to inebriate palates. Despite being well known for its sweets, Ria hides many other gastronomic treasures. It is thanks for it being so rich culturally, that it is also rich gastronomically. The menu has several suggestions to offer and all of them are good choices.
Because it is a region facing the rivers, the fronts of the Ria and the sea, it is why it has a strong tradition in the confection of dishes with the best of what these waters bring to us. There is such a variety of codfish recipes and there is also the renowned eels' stew , that no one can resist. The ray in pitau sauce, the gilt-head bream, the sole, the sea bass and the catfish leave no room for doubt: in Ria de Aveiro one eats up well. After experiencing it, you are very likely to be forever enchanted by it. The cockles, the shrimps, the clams, the oysters and the mussels, cooked by locals, are matchless delicacies. The meat dishes are brought to life with the historic Bairrada piglet, the roasted veal, the rojões (pork chunks of the shoulder or belly, cooked with lard in an iron pot) and, of course, the kid or lamb chanfana (meat dish with red wine sauce, cooked in wood stoves in special black clay recipients). Much of the meat is from the Marinhoa race and has the European Union certification of protected origin, Denominação de Origem Protegida.
Among the desserts, we can find the ovos moles (often served in hand-painted wooden "barriquinhas" - little barrels ), the fios de ovos (angel hair), the pão-de-ló (kind of sponge cake) and the sweet chestnuts. These are only some of the temptations that can make anyone's mouth water.
As for other regional products, you may also try the camarinha, appetizing white berries from a bush with the same name. It is a small fruit, but with a sublime flavor. Canned products are also very popular, as this region has a lot of its work focused on the sea. They keep a tradition alive that comes from previous centuries, when the salting and the fish preservation were necessary and valuable for the population's livelihood. Salt and fleur de sal, made through a process of extraction which is still done in an artisanal way, are added to these products. There are always good wines to serve with such great delicacies, from which Bairrada the most famous one is. Make sure to visit one of the many farms and tasting places of Ria's territory.
The Ria conquers us thanks to this and much more. Get lost in its flavors and fragrances. It's impossible to resist it!