In an old car workshop in the Sant Antoni neighborhood of Barcelona, the doors of Benzina – a restaurant with traditional Italian cuisine, specializing in Roman gastronomy, fused with a New York cocktail bar – have recently opened.
To convey its concept, the space has been transformed to look like the industrial and eclectic Brooklyn establishments of the 70s. In this way, while sitting in vintage chairs, seeing the photographs and tiles on the walls, and surrounded by plants, customers retreat 50 years.
Chef Daniele Moretti fills Benzina’s kitchen with the flavor of his hometown. He created a short, but forceful menu, with the best flavors of Rome. Start with some stuzzichini, the parmigiano reggiano or the mortadella . Follow with some antipasti, with the most classic being the vitello tonato and the salad of octopus, potato and olives of kalama, all the way to the stracciatella with crayfish and botarga, one of the star dishes of the house.
As in any Roman kitchen, you can not miss, fresh pasta made at home. The classic spaghetti alla carbonara , ricotta and spinach ravioli or spaghetti alle vongolle. However, you can not leave behind the meat and fish like the sea bass with salt or the lamb tavern.
And to accompany the dishes, they offer a variety of cocktails, classics that serve as a nod to the music of the 70s and 80s, Rich Girl, Sultans of Swing or Magic Carpet Ride are often played. A bar without limitations that decides to settle in the neighborhood and make the best mixology in allusion to the New York.
The mother of Badr Bennis, owner of the place, sweetens the menu with dolce della mamma. And finally, you can not miss the tiramisu, a delicacy with perfect creaminess to end the day.
Schedule: Open from Wednesday to Friday, from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Average price: € 30
Texto: Aguasanta Robert