Benzina - Rome, Brooklyn and Sant Antoni in a Spoonful
Sant Antoni is still one of the most hip neighbourhoods in the city, and new Benzina fits right in, particularly with its privileged location on Passatge de Pere Calders.
A lot has changed since last time I visited, when Lando was still running here. A complete makeover has been done and a cool Brooklyn vibe has swept in, with a few Moroccan accents. So different and very attractive.
In the kitchen head chef Daniele Moretti pays tribute to his Rome origins. The menu divides into small stuzzichini, antipasti, pasta, fish and meat and, of course, desserts. We decided to mix classics (an abundant Vitello Tonnato) with more ground-breaking dishes like a Stracciata with crayfish (!) and salmon roe which was truly enticing. We also devoured ricotta and spinach-filled raviolis and drooled over other options like the white ragout fettuccine (doesn’t it sound marvellous?).
The dessert menu was equally thrilling: the owners mother serves the homely touch with the daily changing Dolce della Mamma, which was a equally viable option as the very creamy tiramisu and the fruit and mascarpone mousse we opted for.
The food and the atmosphere really come together in Benzina, and the vintage sounds from the speakers create a soundtrack for a fun evening (or weekend lunch) with friends or loved ones. Make sure you go for the cocktails, the bar area itself is a feast for the eyes. Soon a DJ will be present on the weekends to further up the vibes. Don’t miss Benzina, it brings fresh air to the city!
Address: Passage de Pere Calders 6