The 5 best Italian restaurants to try in Barcelona
Are you looking for delicious Italian cuisine in the Catalan capital? Well, look no further! Barcelona is the perfect city for you if you’re looking to indulge in some delicious pasta and pizza. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed. So, without further ado, here is our guide to the Best Italian Restaurants in Barcelona. Let us introduce you to our top favourite recommendations in the city.
At the top of our list of recommendations is Benzina. This neighbourhood modern Italian Restaurant is located in Sant Antoni, serving up sophisticated Italian cuisine and an extensive list of creative cocktails to match. Our personal favourite dish would have to be the braised oxtail cannelloni, served with a scrumptious taleggio béchamel sauce, confit artichokes and mint. It is simply superb. Another shoutout must also go to Benzina’s dessert menu! With 5 innovative sweet creations, you are bound to find something divine to sink your teeth into. The rose tartlet, with rhubarb, sour cherries and lime meringue, for example, is the perfect way to end any meal!
Address: Passatge de Pere Calders, 6, 08015
Restaurante Italiano Rossini
Located on the hustling and bustling Placa Reial, is Restaurante Italiano Rossini. This spot serves up everything from quality rice dishes, fresh pasta dishes, grilled meats and the fish of the day, to homemade desserts and even tapas! Rossini boasts some of the yummiest Italian food in the Gothic Quarter, whilst retaining a certain Mediterranean flair. There is a huge open terrace out front as well as three floors of authentically-decorated trattoria-style interior to enjoy. The setting here is absolutely beautiful, surrounded by plenty of cocktail bars, restaurants and live music performers.
Address: Pl. Real, 13, 08002
Just 1 minutes walk from Mercat de la Boqueria, you will find the fabulous Bacaro. The setting is lovely; a cozy and welcoming space with warm ambient lighting. This restaurant, specialising in authentic Venetian cuisine with a modern touch, is truly worth a visit. Their menu is not long, but instead emphasises quality over quantity. Everything is fresh and homemade here. Simplicity with a touch of innovation, thats what we like! Be sure to enjoy their Italian wines on offer, too. You will certainly not be short of options in this respect.
Address: Carrer de Jerusalem, 6, 08001
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Next up on our list is Parking Pizza, a trendy spot thats always packed with pizza lovers from all over the city. This restaurant has three locations; in Eixample, Gracia and at its flagship restaurant on Carrer de Londres (not far from the Sagrada Familia). This restaurant is the perfect place to indulge in some truly delicious pizza. There are 13 pizzas to choose from and some pretty special starters including burrata and a yummy caesar salad. The setting is cool and industrial, with concrete walls, large wooden benches and open dining tables. No wonder it is such a hit!
Address: Ptge. Marimon, 5, C/ Londres, 98, Pg.Sant Joan, 56
Il Mercante di Venezia
Last but not least, Il Mercante di Venezia is an Italian restaurant located in the heart of Barcelona, specifically in the Gothic Quarter. This restaurant offers a range of traditional Italian dishes, such as homemade pasta, risotto, and fresh seafood. Some of the standout dishes on the menu include the black squid ink spaghetti with shrimp and cherry tomatoes, the grilled octopus with potatoes and cherry tomatoes and the homemade ravioli filled with burrata cheese and black truffle- which is our personal favourite.
Il Mercante di Venezia has an extensive wine list, featuring both Italian and Spanish wines to complement the meal. The restaurant has a cozy and intimate atmosphere, with dim lighting and soft music, making it an ideal spot for a romantic dinner or a special occasion.
Address: Carrer de Josep Anselm Clavé, 11, 08002
So, there you have it! Our guide to the Best Italian Restaurants in Barcelona. From Benzina to Parking Pizza, there is something for everyone on this list. We hope you feel inspired to check out some of the best food the Catalan capital has to offer!
Sandra Roig is Marketing Director at AB Apartment Barcelona. AB Apartment Barcelona is an apartment rental agency offering over one thousand short and long term apartments across Barcelona.
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