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Dive into the Italian culture in Barcelona

Written by Joe Thurston

Barcelona is a multi-cultural city whose population is composed of people from all over the world. Many of its current inhabitants are of Italian origin, many of which have brought with them essential parts of their culture to share with the locals. Let’s dive into the Italian culture in Barcelona, shall we?

Have an Italian meal

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Photo via VisualHunt

Wherever you are in the world, Italian restaurants can be found around every corner due to the nation’s supreme cuisine. Barcelona has many different Italian restaurants and pizzerias, to enable even the most hardened Roman to feel right at home.

One of the most popular restaurants you will find in the old town is Restaurante Italiano Rossini, which serves all of your traditional pizza, pasta and other Italian dishes.

Address: Plaça Reial, 13

NAP is another great place for a good Italian meal, particularly for those who are fans of pizza. NAP stands for “Neapolitan Authentic Pizza” which gives you a clue of just how much they value their Italian roots, serving food that reflects the country’s best qualities.

Address: Av. Francesc Cambó, 30 (Gothic neighborhood) and Carrer del Baluard, 69 (Barceloneta)

Ranked as the 90th best restaurant in Barcelona (in a list of thousands) by Tripadvisor, Reina Margherita serves traditional Italian pizza, with such a thin base you will have no problems consuming the entire dish by yourself.

Address: Passeig Joan de Borbo, 29

La Bella Napoli is as Italian as the name indicates. Pasta dishes, risottos, pizzas made in a wood oven – there is no Italian trademark dish that you will not find in this delightful restaurant next to Av. Paral-lel.

Address: Carrer Margarit, 14

Related article: Where to Find Italian Pizza in Barcelona 

Go for an Italian dessert

The Italian ice cream is known around the world for its quality and exquisite taste. Luckily, it can also be found outside of its home country. There are a number of Italian gelaterias spread around the city, with Gelatería Arcobaleno occupying one of the top spots. Another great choice is Delacrem, which serves dozens of different flavors and is always coming up with something new. If you’re in the Gothic neighborhood, swing by Gelaaati Di Marco and spend some time taking photos of the gorgeously prepared ice creams before you dig into one.

Address for Gelatería Arcobaleno: Carrer de Corsega, 668

Address for Delacrem: Carrer d’Enric Granados, 15

Address for Gelaaati Di Marco: Carrer de la Llibreteria, 7

Related article: How to find Italians in Barcelona

Learn Italian

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Of course, one of the best ways to really connect with the Italian culture is to learn the lingo. BCNLIP, in the center of Barri Gotic, offers immersion programs in all sorts of languages, including Italian. The language course not only goes through the vocabulary and grammar of the language itself but also takes you through the culture and history of Italy. It is a brilliant course with never more than ten people in a class, giving you optimal conditions to learn.

Looking for a place to stay during your visit to Barcelona? ShBarcelona offers a variety of apartments for short and long stays in the city.

About the author

Joe Thurston

Joe is a professional actor/writer from England who has made Barcelona his home.

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