Dona Rita
Pão de Queijo. Brazilian cheese bread/bun/ball.

A proper Pão de Queijo is a two-bite business: crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Made with cassava flour and fresh cheese, it’s a farmer’s take on traditional European bread - without the wheat. Pão de Queijo is a staple snack at most cafes, restaurants and dinner parties across Brazil. It’s cheesily addictive and naturally gluten free.

Try pairing it with a short black coffee São Paulo style, or spread thickly with guava jam for a sweet contrast.

Guava jam is made with guava, a tropical fruit that’s sweet and aromatic. It’s the most popular dip for Pão de Queijo. You can use your favourite english jam as a substitute.

Rita’s saudade

When Rita left the tropics for Norwich she missed Pão de Queijo so much she started baking it from scratch. For the last 15 years she’s been perfecting her secret family recipe. Now her little cheese bread is so delicious, some people think it’s better than the original. We can’t wait for you to try it.

Saudade is a feeling of nostalgia and homesickness characteristic of Brazilian temperament. This portuguese word has no translation.

Eat it

Find us at Old Street Station

We'll be popping up at the famous Druid St Market on the 3rd of June.

It’s pronounced pown-deh-kay-zho.

Family business

Rita is already renowned for her Pão de Queijo with her family and friends.

And none more so than with Clara, her son Pedro’s girlfriend. Allergic to gluten, Pão de Queijo has quickly become a staple in Clara’s diet, and she continues to be in awe of the tasty and fluffy gluten free snacks.

A truly family enthused adventure, Rita’s dream is for Londoners to try her delicious Brazilian bites, and with the help of Clara and Pedro, to share them with everyone in town.

Family photo thanks to @cubanosoy and @theglutenfreesuitcase

Contact us

Call Pedro at +44 (0) 79129 50992 or drop us a line at oi@donarita.co.uk