Contrary to popular belief, Barcelona is not ALL tapas and sangria. Due to the large Italian contingency both frequenting and living in the city, there are quite a lot of traditional, rustic and very romantic restaurants that know how to perfect the pasta.
Here are a few of Barcelona’s best Italian restaurants to check out:
Made In Italy – This is a tiny, narrow restaurant in the Gothic Quarter, known for its charm and diverse menu inspired by Northern Italian cuisine. If you’re looking for an intimate evening in an assuming, yet very romantic setting, this is a great choice.
La Cucinemandarosso – It’s hard to get more Italian than La Cucinemandarosso. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, it’s almost impossible to find this Barcelona hole in the wall, close to Palau de La Musica in the Born. The restaurant is always packed and boasts some of the best pasta in the city as it’s owned and run by a team of feisty Italians. Their menu varies featuring different specials depending on the day with a few meat and fish dishes often thrown into the mostly Italian mix. This is an ideal place for dates, groups of friends and those craving delicious Italian food. Just be sure to reserve well in advance!
Little Italy – Slightly more mainstream, this is an elegant restaurant attracting Barcelona’s trendier crowd from the Born neighborhood. It’s usually full of businessmen and often resembles that of a New York restaurant with its live Jazz usually on Wednesday evenings. Even though it’s a bit more upscale, the atmosphere is still fun and genuine and the food is high quality at affordable prices.