It can be translated as “School Canteen”, but don’t let the name fool you. “Cantina do Colégio” is a new restaurant in Ponta Delgada. It introduces a new approach to the traditional Azorean cuisine, with dishes made to share.
The space itself is familiar to the Azoreans, because it used to be the address of “A Colmeia” restaurant, and remained as such for 13 years. Acclaimed by the critics and with a pioneer gastronomic style, it was a reference in Ponta Delgada. 15 years later, a change was required, following the full renovation of Hotel do Colégio.
What Cantina do Colégio has to offer is equally daring and innovating. The timeless gastronomic creations go hand in hand with innovation and creativity, in a diversified menu, that highlights the local products and traditions. It’s not only about what you can taste but also about the stories behind each dish, related to the Azorean folklore.
The team is headed by the experienced businessman Fernando Neves and introduces the young Chef Angelina Pedra, born and raised in Vila Franca and bounded to nature since childhood. She traded the office for the kitchen to follow her dream. She went to “Escola de Formação Turística e Hoteleira” (Tourist and Hotel School), in Ponta Delgada, and took a course on Johnson & Wales University, in Providence, USA. Back to her origins, she started her career at Anfiteatro restaurant, where she was a teacher and part of the kitchen staff. Now, she signs this new project, leading a young and restless team.
Cantina do Colégio is open for dinner, with service à la carte, from 7 pm to 11 pm.