The Portuguese flag flying outside indicates the origin of the food products and ceramics sold at this family-run market. Linguiça, chorizo, and Serrano ham fill the meat cases. Among the savory and sweet pastries: codfish croquettes, shrimp-filled cakes, meat-filled pastries, and Pastel de Nata, a Portuguese cream-custard tart. Breads, soups, cheeses, olive oils, pastas, pastries, and frozen fish also are offered.
Public servants receive 15 percent off their bill, and daily lunch specials are offered—soup plus soda, or sandwich plus soda, for $4.
Purchase a decorative red rooster—Portuguese symbols of joy and luck—for sale behind the counter.
Chaves a Português is open Monday to Friday 6 am–7 pm, Saturday 8 am-5 pm, and Sunday 7 am–3 pm. Catering services are available.
Portuguese is spoken here. And you’ll feel like you’re in Lisbon as you browse through the shop’s hodgepodge of Portuguese staples including canned sardines, lupini beans, homemade sausages, imported cheeses, and variety of olives. Chaves, a seven-month-old shop run by Manuel Ferreira, a Mamaroneck resident with Portuguese roots, is a sure antidote to cravings for pastel de nata (a traditional Portuguese egg custard), caldo verde (Portuguese collard-green soup), or tosta mista (a hot-pressed sandwich made with dry-cured Portuguese ham and cheese).