Mamma mia! Italian cuisine

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Le Cucine Mandarosso

  • Price band: 2/4

It's incredible how easy it is to make guests happy with little details and, above all, with an authentic cuisine that is made with love. That is the philosophy at this delightful Italian restaurant. There’s only one thing they want: and that is to please you. Located near the majestic Palau de

  1. Verdaguer i Callís, 4, Born-Ribera, 08003
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Massimo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Massimo, who is from Milan (but international in his outlook on food), opened this restaurant in 2008 with the aim of providing true Italian cuisine – and he has succeeded. The restaurant is an elegant, two-floor venue that can seat up to 60 people, but remember to book at weekends if you want to

  1. Via Augusta, 217, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08021
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Non Solo Pizza

  • Price band: 2/4

Non Solo Pizza makes some of the best pasta in the city, not to mention their pesto, which is every bit as good as the sauce they make in Liguria, where chef and owner Alberto hails from. In this lively eatery you can choose from excellent focaccia, typical starters like affetatto misto, or burrata

  1. Enric Granados, 110, Eixample Esquerre, 08008
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De Gustibus Italiae

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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With an outdoor terrace that is lovely in summer, this restaurant has two floors with comfortable chairs arranged around tables that are placed strategically and not too close to each other, with good lighting and excellent service. The chef, Roberto, serves dishes from all over Italy, though he

  1. Ricardo Calvo, 13, Sant Gervasi, 08022
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Gravin

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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All the staff at this restaurant are from Puglia, but the place has a number of features that don’t derive from that region. These include many dishes, but let's start with their typical orecchiette, which they make with clams, arugula and tomato. For starters there’s a wonderful burrata

  1. Rera Palau, 3-5, Born-Ribera, 08003
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Mandi Mandi

  • Price band: 2/4
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'Mandi mandi' is the traditional greeting in Friuli, the home region of Miki, the chef, and Noemi, the manager of this restaurant where you can explore the delicious cuisine of this wonderful part of​​northern Italy. The Friulians know a great deal about good food, as well as being very

  1. València, 28, Eixample Esquerre, 08015
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Bacaro

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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A classy Venetian seafood restaurant that produces highly original dishes such as sardines in saor with raisins and onion confit, and marinated in brine. The menu includes dishes like fregola, a Sardinian semolina that is one of the oldest pastas in the history of cooking.

  1. Jerusalem, 6, Ciutat Vella, 08001
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I Buoni Amici

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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A connoisseur of Italian cuisine, Daviano (who is from the Italian region of Friuli-Venice on the border with Slovenia and Austria) not only focuses on his own region, he also makes authentic dishes from the many cuisines of his country. When truffle season arrives, his imagination runs wild, and

  1. Casanova, 193, Eixample Esquerre, 08036
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Xemei

  • Price band: 3/4
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The Colombo twins (‘xemei’ means ‘twins’ in Venetian) have bewitched the most demanding fans of Italian cuisine, especially that of their Venice, their hometown. Theirs is a lovely trattoria with a very warm and friendly bohemian atmosphere. Dive in to the best of Venetian cuisine, starting

  1. Pg. de l'Exposició, 85, 08014
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Da Greco

  • Price band: 3/4
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Besides enjoying their great range of exquisite Italian pasta dishes, you can enjoy watching some of Italy’s best-known films, at this highly original 'cinematic' restaurant designed by Toni Greco. Apart from the pleasant atmosphere and spectacular decor, the excellent service and good food will

  1. Passeig de Gràcia, 116 bis, Gràcia, 08008
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