Light-hearted sibling to LaSalette Restaurant serves small plates at great rates just off Sonoma Plaza.
A tavernlike restaurant with contemporary yet nostalgic decor, Tasca Tasca specializes in Portuguese small plates and wines. A light-hearted younger sibling to chef Manuel Azevedo’s nearby LaSalette Restaurant, Tasca Tasca delivers polished cuisine at watering hole prices. (Tasca means “tavern” in Portuguese.)
Cheese, Garden, Sea, Land, and Sweets
Azevedo divides his menu into five categories—cheese, garden, sea, land, and sweets. Caldo verde, Portugal’s national soup, made from potatoes, kale, and sausage, provides a thick and hearty introduction. Salt cod cakes, goat stew with fingerling potatoes, a marvelous smoked duck breast, linguiça caseira (pork sausage), and marinated mussels with a saffron vinaigrette rank among the many other solid choices.
Tasca Tasca Pit Stop
With plates you can order in groupings of three, five, or seven, TT works equally well as a midafternoon pit stop, casual dinner spot, or late-night noshery. Some dishes with expensive ingredients (scallops crudo, for instance, or steak tartare) cost a few dollars additional.
Desserts and Port
Tasca Tasca’s desserts include olive oil ice cream, a chocolate sea salt tart, and apple Vinho Verde sorbet. Vinho Verde is a light Portuguese wine released just a few months after harvest. Afterward, you can settle into a well-aged port.
This story originally appeared online in 2017; it was fact-checked and updated in mid-2020.