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The 50 best restaurants in Barcelona: Italian cuisine

Our pick of the five best restaurants in Barcelona to sample the tastiest Italian dishes without leaving Barcelona

The best restaurants in Barcelona for Italian cuisine

Da Greco


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 make your meal at Da Greco an unforgettable experience. As for ordering, the best thing is to take the chef and owner’s advice.


Il Giardinetto


Il Giardinetto is frequented not only by those with great palates who know quality when they taste it, but also by romantics as well as those nostalgic for a Barcelona of days gone by. Recently the place has been slapped with a makeover to modern it up a bit to accompany the excellent work the kitchen staff has always done and continues to do. Chef Jesus leads the team with his Italian cuisine, and notable fresh pastas that are made by hand daily. There is also, of course, a range of pleasing dishes created by young chef Sergio “Chiqui” Millet. One offering that’s not always on the menu (so do ask) is the paglia e fieno tagliolini al pomodoro, which many an Italian restaurant would love to be able to prepare and present with fanfare. (read more)

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Sarrià - Sant Gervasi

La Bricciola


A real Italian 'trattoria' with good pizzas and fantastic pasta. Features a good wine list and some great Italian grappa.

Sants - Montjuïc



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 pugliesa (a mild cheese, creamier than mozzarella) served with arugula, cherry tomatoes, basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. They also serve a lightly-fried tuna with cumin, mushrooms and onion confit which is just sensational. A very good wine list, headed by the magnificent Nero di Troia, a wine from Puglia.

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Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

Le Cucine Mandarosso

It's incredible how easy it is to make guests happy with little details and, above all, with an authentic cuisine made with love. That's the philosophy at this Italian restaurant. There’s only one thing they want: to please you. Located near the majestic Palau de la Música, this restaurant with its Neapolitan flavours and colours is a delight, especially for those who have had the good fortune to visit Naples and try its many tasty dishes. You might be surprised when a friendly Neapolitan waiter comes to show you the packet of pasta he suggests you try. The care they put into their dishes makes this place better than most other Italian eateries. It’s no coincidence that it’s a favourite among young Italians living in Barcelona.

Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera