Vitoria, Spain: Haute Cuisine in Miniature Reply

pintxo Vitoria Spain

Emma Anderson writes for Independent.co.uk–Sitting in Zaldiaran, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the owner, Gonzalo Antón, is talking about a “crisis” in the Spanish restaurant scene. “Everything has changed. These days it’s trendy to go out and have five different pintxos with two types of wine, so people don’t come to this type of restaurant as much,” he says. “Look at [chef] Martin Berasategui – he has seven Michelin stars, but if you go to his restaurants, you’ll still find a seat.” Antón may be right – and certainly the days of booking a year in advance for restaurants like El Bulli are gone – but it looks like the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz will roll with the punches. The capital of the southern Basque region of Alava has long been in the shadows of showier San Sebastian and Bilbao, but it’s quietly been building up its credentials as a destination in its own right.

Food has played a major part in that. This year it steps into the limelight as Spain’s Gastronomy Capital (a national award judged by culinary leaders), and it’s a role it wears rather well. Vitoria (as it is usually abbreviated) spirals out from its old quarters – known as the Medieval Almond – which sit prettily on a hill.

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Encircling this is the elegant 19th-century “new” town, which itself gives way to more modern developments among the city’s green belt and wetlands, then to lush mountains beyond. And within this compact city are more than 300 restaurants and over 1,200 bars and cafés to get stuck into.

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