Tuesday, February 21, 2012

GLUTEN FREE BARCELONA


From a recent visitor to my Blog an update April 3, 2013:

The sister restaurant recently closed so only the one near Metro Encants is open and wonderful it was too. You may want to update your blog. Also there is a Mercadona supermarket around the corner from the Metro and we were told it is the only chain so far to sell gluten free so we had lunch and then went shopping. Much cheaper than the small shops in central Barcelona for all sorts of groceries. Had gluten free frozen pizza, bread, rolls, baguettes, pasta, breadcrumbs and flour. Items are not in one place but with like gluten items. We are renting a flat through AirBnB in Raval with a roof terrace which is working out well. 



Isabella is off school this week, we took that chance for a getaway. First we chose Paris, but then we said, why not Barcelona. About the same distance as Calgary to Grande Prairie, we got to this city in 7 hours and entered a different culture altogether, in Grande Prairie we'd be looking for Earl's? Europe is very compact, in mere hours everything changes. Easy to get around by car or public transport, perfect for different experiences.

A Facebook acquaintance who lives in Barcelona, gave us some great tips, as well as this website. It seems that Spain, similar to Italy is very well aware of Celiacs.  


About everywhere we went so far, people were aware of our inquiry. Not every place had GF choices, but a majority did. Sometimes it is as obvious as fish and meat, however the effort counts. One Tapas bar we went to, had a great selection of gluten free food. 

Il Piccolo Focone, an Italian place came recommended by Eli Mora as well, so yesterday we checked it out for a late lunch. I can't believe many places do not open for lunch until 1pm...never mind dinner at 8pm?? I know somebody who likes his bed time around eight.......

In a residential neighborhood near the Damm brewery, bit of a schlepp to find, especially if you are new to the city. Once there, it was much easier to get back, we took the wrong Metro. Line 2 to Encants and about a 3 minute walk. Apparently they have a location closer to the University, but the servers refusal to speak English made it impossible to get any information.

The food was very very good, my seafood Pasta was outstanding. Isabella had the best gluten free  Pizza since she ran out of her mother's crusts a while ago.
So, if you are so inclined to explore off beat neighborhoods in foreign countries, this place is for you.

But even near the epicenter of Barcelona, La Rambla, you will not be disappointed. Boquerias, the market to visit, has plenty of tiny tapas bars where the cook is just too happy to oblige to your restrictions. More on that in a different post.




ITALIANS WORLDWIDE KNOW GLUTEN FREE

EVEN SMALL TAPAS BARS LIKE THIS ONE, WILL KNOW ABOUT GF

ALMOST THE WHOLE MENU IS AVAILABLE TO YOU

TUNA 

TRUFFLED PASTA, GLUTEN FREE

I ORDERED GF AS WELL....

SO FAR THE BEST GF PIZZA SINCE WE RAN OUT OF GFP CRUSTS

8 comments:

Raun Kaul said...

Thank you for the recommendation. Il Piccolo Focone was absolutely incredible!

H.Peter said...

very happy you liked it.

My House, My Garden said...

I leave for Barcelona in a week. I am very grateful for your gf post and thrilled that gf eating will not be too difficult. Thank you!!

H.Peter said...


You are welcome. Barcelona is easier than Paris.....

onceuponabelt said...

The sister restaurant recently closed so only the one near Metro Encants is open and wonderful it was too. You may want to update your blog. Also there is a Mercadona supermarket around the corner from the Metro and we were told it is the only chain so far to sell gluten free so we had lunch and then went shopping. Much cheaper than the small shops in central Barcelona for all sorts of groceries. Had gluten free frozen pizza, bread, rolls, baguettes, pasta, breadcrumbs and flour. Items are not in one place but with like gluten items. We are renting a flat through AirBnB in Raval with a roof terrace which is working out well.

H.Peter said...

Just added your comments to the actual Blog post. As an update.
and next time you visit Europa, don't forget to stop in with us....

Christine Loughnan said...

Thank you so much for the recommendation. Me and a friend ate at Il Piccolo Focone last night. The GF pizza is incredible (I can't believe it's not gluten!). Best GF pizza I've ever had, and it's a sweet little low key restaurant off the main tourist trail. Thanks, Christine, New Zealand.

H.Peter said...

You are welcome Christine.
Thank you for commenting.