Casa Pagès: Off to Grandma’s House Reply


Paula Mourenza, for Culinary–Not far from the Gràcia neighborhood’s glittering Paseo de Gràcia can be found a completely different world of narrow, unassuming side streets. Once populated by Catalan Gypsies, the area is fondly remembered as one of the cradles of rumba catalana, a popular fusion of flamenco, mambo and rock and roll, and as the birthplace of Antonio “El Pescaílla” González, a legendary flamenco guitarist who was one of the genre’s founding fathers. The house where “El Pescaílla” (“The Little Fish”) was born in 1926 remains unmarked, but a memorial plaque is proudly displayed from one of the walls of the venue next door – Casa Pagès, an old-school bar and restaurant that has been in business since 1982 and now serves as a culinary anchor for the neighborhood.

Owner Pedro Barros is an immigrant from Galicia, on Spain’s Atlantic coast, who – like millions of other immigrants from the poorest regions of Spain – came to Catalonia during the last century, while the country was still under Franco’s dictatorship.


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