Ilson Gonçalves owner and culinary director of Samba Restaurant in Montclair hosted a tasting at his quaint restaurant on Park Street this Friday at 12 noon.
What was for lunch? Gnocchi created by the Brazilian son of a German mother who owned a home-style Brazilian restaurant in Minas Gerais, Brazil. That’s what!
Gonçalves told Tap into Montclair that he helped his mother in the kitchen since the age of nine. Her restaurant was on the second floor of a building in Minas Gerais Brazil.
In many ways his restaurant is reminiscent of his childhood experience. This intimate and rustic location on Park Street features traditional home cooked Brazilian fare.
Gonçalves graduated college with a degree in information technology but never felt fulfilled in that profession. He came to the United States in 2004 and began working for Blu Restaurant in Montclair. By 2010 he took over this location which used to be a small bagel shop and very soon was serving a population anxious for wholesome home cooked food.
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