Eels and Aveiro

This is pretty much a public service message for those of you who’ve developed a taste for eel. There’s not much place in the United states where one might actually acquire such a taste outside of Japanese restaurants, so I am thinking I’m speaking to a very select group of people here.

Eel is a staple in Sardinia, especially at festival time. Comacchio, an Italian city on the Adriatic coast also harvested great numbers of them in the recent past.

But Aveiro also had a past enlivened by the squirming, snake-like creature.

Fishermen in Aveiro are participating in environmental conservation measures to help restore the sustainability of a once economically valuable species: the European eel. Their participation is allowing researchers to go further and faster in their study and giving fishermen a role in assessing eels stocks, and a voice in proposing conservation measures. ~ A future for the eel, fishermen and researchers cooperate

The homey tavern/restaurant called A Tasca do Confrade serves the traditional caldeirada de enguias (eel stew). It’s one of their specialties. Here:

Caldeirada de Enguias (eel stew)

It was quite good. It was preceded with:

Fried Eels at A Tasca do Contrade in Aviero, Portugal

I’d say A Tasca do Confrade is doing its part in bringing eel to the attention of hungry folks in Aveiro. It’s on Rua dos Marnotos, 34. Highly recommended.

And of course, there’s fish aplenty!

Fish seller showing the wares at the Aveiro fish market.

Find out more about the interesting town of Aviero with our Aviero Travel Guide

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