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Xemei Barcelona

Xemei Barcelona

Address Passeig de l'Exposició 85; 08004 Barcelona
by Creu dels Molers
Neighbourhood Poble Sec – Montjuïc | See on map
Metro Poble Sec [L3]
Telephone +34 93 553 5140
Website http://www.xemei.es/
Price EUR 40-60
Hours Mon-Sun 13:30-16, 21:30-00

In spite of its out-of-the-way location on Montjuïc, a reservation is a must if you want to be sure of a table at Xemei. Not only is it arguably the best Italian in Barcelona, the dining room is also tiny.

Run by twins Stefano and Max Colombo and inspired by their Venetian homeland (Xemei itself is the word for twins in that Italian dialect), there’s no fancy gimmickry but plenty of honest, authentic dishes. Transport yourself down the canals with an excellent creamy burratta and sublime pastas like the signature nero sepia with squid ink, the vongole spaghetti with seafood or the veal agnolottis.

The abundance of regulars lends the place a certain friends & family atmosphere, good for a top notch – though not cheap – meal with a date or to kick off the night in the company of mates and some gorgeous wait staff. If that eye candy hasn’t sweetened the evening enough, end your meal with the house tiramisu that will make other renditions seem like mere coffee-sodden sponges.