Il Piccolo Focone: an Italian restaurant next to the Sagrada Familia where you can eat fresh pasta and gluten-free pizza
Italian food always appeals. Everyone likes a good gluten-free pizza or a dish of gluten-free fresh pasta dish. And eating it right after (or before) visiting a building as beautiful as La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is even better! Hey… it’s not a dream! From the church, you only have to cross the park in front. When you get to Calle Provenza, you walk 5 minutes till Calle 2 de Mayo. When you arrive there, you only have to look for the number 268, that is, upwards.
When you arrive at the Italian restaurant Il Piccolo Focone, at 268 Dos de Mayo street, you only have to inform that you are celiac. Attention! The restaurant is not very big, so we recommend you to book a table before you go, as it is usually always full. At the ground floor, which is where they have the kitchen, there are tables for 1 to 4 people. At first floor is where they usually put the largest groups.
But let’s get down to business!
Having said that you are celiac, they will bring you a specific gluten free menu. This is great because you do not have to worry about anything else anymore. You’ll just have to think about what you’re going to eat! Being two, that day we decided to eat the most typical dishes of Italy. They are easy to guess: pasta, pizza and… no! This time we didn’t get an ice-cream… it’s also typical italian, but this time we wanted to eat the gluten-free tiramisu.
That day we ate a gluten free “mamma pizza”. This comes tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham, spicy chorizo and frankfurt. We ordered this one because Isabel loves frankfurt. I also like the capricciosa and the putantesca very much. If you look at their website, you will see that they have 30 different pizzas. As indicated, all can be prepared without gluten. It’s great! If you have trouble deciding, this will be a problem, because they are all very appealing. But hey… I wish all the problems were like that!
I ordered a pasta dish. Something I like a lot about this restaurant is that they have dried pasta and fresh gluten-free pasta. It’s delicious! As it is a restaurant that offers Genoese cuisine, as far as I know, in the north of Italy, they prepare the fresh pasta with egg. I do not know how they do it in this restaurant, but if you are allergic to egg, better ask. Just in case!
You can choose between 7 types of dry pasta and 4 types of fresh pasta. We chose ravioli Bolognese, made with beef and Parmesan. Delicious!
As always, we shared both dishes. We enjoyed a lot eating there, but this time the fresh gluten-free pasta won. Not because the pizza was not good. It was delicious! But this time pasta wins because I do not usually eat gluten-free ravioli very often. The ravioli were great.
When we finished, the waiter came to ask the question that we were waiting for the most. I had explained to Isabel how good the gluten-free tiramisu was. She was dying to try it.
At other times, they brought it to us in a glass. This time they brought it on a plate. We asked if it was gluten free to make sure they didn’t bring us the one with gluten. In the restaurant they also serve food with gluten. They told us not to worry. So… we did not worry! It is a restaurant that is trained by the coeliac association. Although for us this is not significant, I recognize that at times like this, the fact that they have been trained by them helps.
You will also see that for the gluten-free dishes they charge an additional € 1. It is a minor detail considering how good the food is there!
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P.S.: Please keep in mind that in this blog I share my trips, anecdotes and experiences about gluten free travel around the world. It is possible that, in any of my trips, I go to some restaurant not trained by the associations where the risk of being contaminated with gluten exists. I kindly ask you to also take into account that the list of references can change. Please, always double check before eating in the restaurants we recommend. Thank you very much!
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