PART.ALTO, Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil

by Stevie on February 15, 2010

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PART.ALTO is a casual place near the beach in Vitória, ES, Brazil. It´s a favorite of our dear friends, Luís and Sávio, with whom we recently stayed. Thank you both so much for hosting us in your beautiful home!

The dining is all open to the ocean breezes, the service is unrushed and the food is incredible! Heguiberto has been a fan of moqueca capixaba, a type of fish stew distinct to the state of Espírito Santo, for as long as I´ve known him. PART.ALTO has one of the best.

moquequa capixaba with local fish and shrimp at PART.ALTO

We only stayed in Vitória for three nights but managed to eat at this place twice. Both times it was the mid afternoon, so it was hot and humid. We had Bohemia in large bottles and I had a caipirinha, too, as I love cachaça. Luís recommended the Casquinha de Siri, which are these wonderful savory appetizers of crab meat and spices stuffed in their casquinhas or shells. They´re served with farofa, a popular Brazilian side that´s essentially flavored cooked dry corn meal used for sopping up juices in savory dishes.

welcome to PART.ALTO in Vitória, ES, Brazil

On out second visit, Sávio ordered a whole deep-fried local fish called peroá. It came on a platter with raw onion, lime wedges and a side of a tomato-based condiment that reminded me of pico de gallo. Naturally it was amazing, though what fried things aren´t?

The piece de resistance was the moqueca capixaba. Ours was made with some local fish and tiny shrimp, though I´ve had it with just fish or a mixture of various kinds of fish and shellfish. The key to this is the sauce, which is a magical blend of tomato, garlic, onion, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, salt and a local spice, urucum. Urucum is the fruit of a tree from the region. It´s also available as a dried powder called colorau. It reminded us a bit of the Mexican spice, anchiote.

incredible pirão with moquequa capixaba

The moqueca comes with sides of rice and pirão, another Brazilian speciality. It´s a hot savory pudding-like dish made from cassava. Everything came in dramatic looking black clay pots that retained their heat for a long time.

casquinha de siri

Of course I realize that most of you will never have the chance to try PART.ALTO. However, we were so excited about this place that we just had to share it with you. Plus I´m going to badger Hegui into making moqueca capixaba and even casquinha de siri very soon! We´ll keep you posted.

PART.ALTO location and tablecloth

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vilma Aparecida da Costa February 15, 2010 at 10:38 am

Sensacional descoberta e que apetitoso! É de dar água na boca! Em Vitória saboreei uma calderada. Realmente cozinha capixaba é tudo de bom .. até hj tenho Lembrança de uma salada contendo Fatias de abóbora madura, uma + ou menos grossas.Temperada c / limão azeite seciliano MT e cheiro verde, alface liso, pepinos, brócoli japonês. Rs rs Aff … Uhhhhh.rs

Deby Wozniak February 25, 2010 at 12:24 am

Sorry bro! I love you to death and am moving up to SF to be near you guys and start a new life….but that pic of you over-eating is now my new screen saver! Gotta love the “Snack Man”. Oh, I do want to try the tofu and snap pea dish. Also, I knew they had to have wine somewhere!!!!

Love you guys! d.

Muri March 10, 2012 at 3:04 am

Hey! I really liked your post! I was born and raised in Vitória-ES and I used to live in Camburi, but lately I’ve been living in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. Feeling a little homesick, I decided to google this place and I found your blog! Part. Alto is really nice, I used to love the portion of “cação”, that comes with a delicious sauce. I really miss it! Congratulations for the blog! And sorry for my english! 😉

Heguiberto March 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Muri,
We love Espirito Santo and try to visit the State every time we are in Brazil. I wish was there right now enjoying the hot weather, drinking cold Brazilian beer and eating one of the many seafood dishes from Part. Alto. Great food!
One of the advantages of living on the coast is that seafood is always the freshest!
Thank you for finding weirdcombinations and do come back.
Cheers,
Heguiberto

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