These are the Italian restaurants in Barcelona that are worth a visit
In Barcelona you can find exclusive restaurants with high-end cuisine from all over the world. Today we present a selection of charming Italian cuisine restaurants that stand out for their high-quality raw materials ─elegant and exclusive spaces with a taste of Italy.
Bacaro, a Venetian flair in Barcelona’s city centre
Alfredo, Pablo and Mauri in the dining room and chef Marco Filipponi in the kitchen, lead this exclusive restaurant where its charming space will transport you to the incomparable city of canals. The menu changes according to the season and the chef’s creativity. At Bacaro you will find seafood cuisine with local produce, in a menu that offers the best Venetian recipes at very reasonable prices.
Le Cucine Mandarosso, an authentic traditional cuisine
Its name honours the hundreds of recipes from friends and family that Pietro, the restaurant’s owner, collected to create his menu. Le Cucine is a charming place that reveals another of Pietro’s vocations, that of a decorator. Pietro also excels in the pastry making, in memory of his grandfather Crescenzo, who had a bakery.
One of the most outstanding Italian dishes is the recipe for lasagne, which he borrowed from his mother Diana and which looks towards Naples: intense, red, with a long memory. On the other hand, the cannelloni stuffed with buttered cod is his own creation and belongs to the evening menu.
Xemei, Italian cuisine between Poble Sec and Montjuïc
Still related to Venice, we find the Xemei: for many, the best Italian restaurant in the city. The Xemei is a unique restaurant that transcends any kind of categorisation.
In its unique space, made up of two different premises joined by the kitchen, there is the possibility of tasting unusual recipes from the Veneto region, all of them prepared with a very sharp taste and clear ideas marked by a personality that dreams of food.
Benzina, a space inspired by Italy and Brooklyn
Benzina is an Italian restaurant located in Barcelona’s Sant Antoni neighbourhood. Opened in 2018 in a former car workshop, it offers dishes inspired by Italian gastronomy in a setting that reminds us of the industrial premises of the 70s Brooklyn. Not surprisingly, another of Benzina’s main attractions is its New York-inspired cocktail bar, which combines classic cocktails with custom-made in-house creations.
On the constantly evolving Benzina menu, timeless dishes such as steak tartar, aubergine parmigiana and risotto go hand in hand with more bold and original recipes created by the head chef Nicola Valle.
In short, restaurants like those show it is possible to travel to the best Italy without leaving the lively city of Barcelona, which is an advantage to both locals and visitors.