At the age of 101, Emílio Andrade, owner and host of one of Lisbon’s most prestigious restaurants, Adega Tia Matilde, is gone.
The funeral ceremonies take place this Thursday, September 1 at 9:30 a.m., with a funeral wake in the church of Nossa Senhora de Fátima (Av. de Berna, Lisbon). At 12:00 p.m., a mass is celebrated followed by a procession to the cemetery of Caneças, where he will be buried in the family vault.
Born in April 1921, in 2021, at the age of 100, Emílio Andrade was distinguished by Boa Cama Boa Mesa, tied with Lurdes Graça, of the Manjar do Marquês restaurant, with the Career Award. The previous year, the guide had awarded the restaurant the Mesa com Mérito distinction. In 2022, at the age of 101, Emílio Andrade wore the Benfica jersey and sat at the table with the number 1 membership card. The red “curriculum” also includes his contribution to the construction of the previous stadium. Despite invitations, he never wanted to take up a position at the club he loved. “It’s my life [o restaurante]”recently confessed Boa Cama Boa Mesa, interviewed for the Prato Forte da Jornada, in which he suggested, for Benfica, the “Red duck with rice”.
The space was founded in 1926 by his mother, “Dona Matilde” and, at first, it was just a neighborhood tavern supporting the train stop, right next door. The floor was dirt and at the counter glasses of wine and snacks were served. One day, a group of builders, connoisseurs of cabidela, brought boards from the factory to make a floor on the game Laranjinha. A table and benches are installed there and the first meal of the restaurant is served: the cabidela. “A Curious Beginning”notes Jorge Sampaio, who is proud that even today the dish continues to be one of the most sought after by customers.
2021 Career Award
Emílio Andrade started working very early to help his parents in the then tavern, founded in 1926, and transformed into the current Aunt Matilda Winery, in Lisbon. He has always continued to manage the restaurant and to receive customers always with an open and frank smile.
“It is with great honor and satisfaction that I receive the Boa Cama Boa Mesa Career Award that they understood to attribute to me, which I am very proud of”, he reacted, in 2021. More than just founder and owner of Tia Matilde’s Cellarin Bairro do Rego, Lisbon, has always been an impeccable host, who knows like few others the art of welcoming and recommending the dishes of his emblematic house with the best food and wine pairings.
“This award is all the more meaningful because last April I completed 100 years of life, most of it thanks to the efforts, help and dedication of my wife. Together, we managed to transmit to our daughters the taste for this noble activity and without which it would not be possible to arrive where I am”, he explained, at the time, to Boa Cama Boa Mesa, alluding to Isabel and Matilde, the two daughters in front of Ti Matilde. , with the father.