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Huntington: Portuguese spice

Fado is a Portuguese restaurant at 10 New

Fado is a Portuguese restaurant at 10 New St. in Huntington, where a message board welcomes patrons inside. (Aug. 18, 2010) Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

Fado, a soulful genre of music from Portugal, is now the name of a new Portuguese restaurant that just opened in Huntington. The attractive little place, which is still awaiting delivery on its awning, occupies the digs of the ex-Rio.

Husband and wife team Eduardo Nobre (who was born in Portugal) and Alison Steindler Nobre (a past partner at Main Street Cafe in Northport) are its co-owners. Recipes come from Eduardo’s mother, Elvira Nobre, who is visiting from Portugal to oversee the kitchen through November.

I can vouch for Fado's sprightly and tender octopus salad as well as an exemplary whole grilled branzino — crisp skin overlaying delicate white meat — a bargain at $17.

Fado is at 10 New St., Huntington, 631-351-1010.