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Jan 15, 2013 10:08 AM

Great Italian Restaurant in Barcelona

While I plan to enjoy tapas and Spanish food in Barcelona, I know that there must be some excellent Italian restaurants there, and that people who live in Barcelona don't eat Spanish food all the time.

Does anyone happen to have any recs for good Italian in Barcelona? Price not important - ISO house-made pastas, etc.

Many thanks for any help!

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  1. Hi, not sure I'd call it 'great' but you could try Da Greco, the Italian restaurant on Passeig de Gràcia just above Diagonal and below Hotel Fuster.
    It's good — if a little quirky — and I celebrated my birthday there last November.
    If you time it right you may see some Barca players dining there — they have their own booth.
    Usual fare (and evident New York Italian-American influence) and large portions.
    Interestingly you will receive a taster plate of whatever your dining companion has ordered.

    1. I haven't found any good Italian restaurants per se but there is a fresh house-made pasta place in El Born that is very reasonably priced, has a casual eat-in atmosphere and is very amenable to takeout. I believe it is called PASTA. The pasta tends to be slightly overcooked (in Barcelona tapwater?), and the sauce over-wrought -- and too much of it. By Barcelona standards, this is a decent place to eat.

      There is a place called NAP which serves bad, undercooked pizza Neopolitan style.