Francesinha – One of the most famous sandwishes in the world from Porto
One of the stories or legends, goes back to the period of the Peninsular Wars, supposedly the soldiers of Napoleon’s army used to make a sandwich of bread where they put the most varied species of meat available and a lot of cheese, but not including the sauce, an essential complement introduced later by the “tripeiros” (citizens of Porto).
Today there is some unanimity in attributing the creation of the recipe to Daniel Silva, employee of the restaurant A Regaleira (already instinct), in the early 50’s. An emigrant in France and Belgium, a few years earlier, in the restaurant area, he became familiar with the local gastronomy and in particular with the famous French “croque-monsieur” sandwich, very popular for these lands. This famous sandwich served as an inspiration for the creation of our francesinha, whose name comes from “france”.
Best restaurants in Porto:
LADO B Café – Rua Passos Manuel
Café SANTIAGO F – Rua Passos Manuel
Bufete Fase – Rua Santa Catarina
Cufra – Avenida da Boavista
Capa Negra II – Rua do Campo Alegre