Due Spaghi - Barcelona
It’s been obvious for some time now that Sant Antoni is where it’s at when it comes to Barcelona's dining experience. Due Spaghi is an addition to the foodie scene in this side of town, and it stands out with its Italian-Catalan gastronomy fusion under one roof. The restaurant is supported by Slow Food Catalunya KM '0', a farm to table dining concept recognised for its organic products from the land. Due Spaghi highly supports organic farming locally, employs seasonal foods and cooks sustainably caught fish. Products steeped in history are brought here time and again, making the experience more about just the maddeningly tasty dishes, but of memories of that trip in Italy.
The restaurant is run by Nicoletta Acerbi, Pol Toni and Italian head chef Paolo Mangianti. Paolo has captivated us with his soulful passion and proud Italian heritage, which he is vivacious with his cooking and doesn't try too hard to be trendy with his dishes. Paolo's cooking style is more about blending in natural flavours in a way that you can taste each ingredient without having to second guest what is on your plate. Due Spaghi is an example as how Italian and Catalonian dishes can work together in harmony, whilst reflecting the culture of the two.
This food haven is not exactly new-wave or traditional, it isn't quite fine dining either, we would place it in its own category of a laid back, dining food house where you can sit at the bar with friends and order a dish and a glass of wine, or have a full meal among family, curiously tasting new dishes. We love the concept so much, we had to go try it twice!
For starters we love the 'Call it anything but a salad', it is actually a dish consisting of 14 freshly picked plants, flowers and fruits that blends fairly well with a fruity wine to begin with. The taragna polenta croquette and Ripollés cow cheese, red pepper preserves and smoked ricotta will kickstart your tastebud. Saviour the bold taste of field gnocchi with saffron and liquorice, as it completely blends well together in a way that you taste the green gnocchi first and the liquorice leaves you with that soothing aftertaste in the back of your tongue. One of the king dishes is the Bonito Vitello (classical Italian Vitello Tonnato) which is roast beef with mackerel sauce. This filling dish can only be topped with one of our Italian favourites, traditional pappardelle pasta with rabbit ragout (ragu). A simply delicious Italian classic, bringing back memories of our food galore in Tuscany. There are numerous selections for dessert, we always opt for Paolo's tiramisu, it can be described as a tiramisu pudding with a bit of cake on the bottom of the cup. If available, you must try the vegetable sorbet with zucchini and carrots.
Due Spaghi is a reminder why we really go to restaurants. It isn't only for the tasty food, but also for our unapologetically opinionated musings of genuine Italian flavours that we always crave for when not in Italy.
Due Spaghi | Slow food KM '0' farm to table concept, Italian - Catalán fusion dishes | Tuesday to Saturday From 13:00 - 16:00 & 20:00 - 23:30 (Sunday and Monday closed) | 25€ - 30€ estimate for dinner | Barcelona, Spain | Street - Carrer de Sepúlveda 151 area code: 08011 | Tlf: 935 03 19 30 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.duespaghi.es/en/