By
Pau Roca

Barcelona has a wide offer of Italian restaurants. We could write a long piece talking about the many and good Italian places here, but we’ve decided today to focus on just one: Le Cucine Mandarosso. Located in the narrow streets of the Ribera neighborhood leading to the Palau de la Música, this small restaurant was established seven years ago. On weekends, it is common to see well-dressed guests sharing space with young and modern people. The truth is that, from the outside, it doesn’t look like what it is: a rough diamond in the shape of a restaurant. But that’s what makes Le Cucine different.
Every time we go, the ten tables in the dining area are taken. This is a good sign, of course, and a reminder that it’s always recommendable to reserve a table in advance. The bare-brick wall, the dim, cozy lighting and the delicate rural air of the general décor makes it a welcoming place, one from which you don’t want to leave in a long while.

The bare-brick wall, the dim, cozy lighting and the delicate rural air of the general décor makes it a welcoming place, one from which you don’t want to leave in a long while

La Cucine’s lunch menu is not limited to pizza and spaguetti. It also includes a wide range of hard-to-find Italian pasta, typical drinks such as the Chinotto (a sort of bitter cola), Crodino, Cedrata lemonade or an exquisite homemade jam. The menu Le Cucine Mandarosso is simple and brief yet elaborate: homemade products imported from Italy such as gnocchi, cheese, a delicious burrata, which they receive fresh every three days, a stew that seems to have been made by an Italian nonna and homemade desserts that make you want to cry of pleasure.


The price is affordable, so if you happen to be in the area and fancy a good, warm and nice Italian restaurant with homemade food, this is the place to go. Or better, “il posto dove andare lì”.