The city of Aveiro is considered as one of the bastions of freedom, fruit of the Congress of Democratic Opposition, which took place between April 4 and 8, 1973. The government of Marcelo Caetano sent the shock police, in what was considered as the last great repression before April 25, 1974. During these 'hot' days, according to Filipe Lopes, Zig Zag served as a 'refuge' for all those who wanted to 'hide', closing doors in the name of freedom that kept eluding the people.
These and many other stories are part of one of the spaces of Aveiro that were better able to resist the change of time, the new generations, the tendencies and startles of those who have a restoration space open to public. This success, however, only surprises those who do not know the path of Zig Zag and the 'father' Manuel and the children Ricardo and Filipe, who always knew to be 'one step ahead'.
It was so at the opening in 1960 with a dynamic and versatile 'look', 'mirroing a bit of what was done in Lisbon' to this day, in a fight that considers 'titanic': 'We were updating, trying to maintain a cosmopolitan space that survived the closure of the iconic cafes opened at the time, such as the Trianon and the Arcade. Today we continue to be a reference, mainly because we managed to be attentive to what was going on around us. '
So it was with Francesinha, being the first space in Aveiro to sell the precious delicacy, at the time with the name of 'Big Tosta', and has been thus, with a dynamic that allows them to respond to all requests: 'In the morning you can come to breakfast, eat a mixed toast, a toast or a rice cake with Cappuccino and milk with coofee, at lunch a garlic steak, a Soup of the Lota or the Francesinha, in the afternoon drink a Gin, a caipirinha and a steak sandwich, and at night, at dinner, a grilled sea bass. '