It has been a long time since the great, wise, sensitive and trustworthy Covetotop dedicated a whole post to a single restaurant in his fabulous, mythical, groundbreaking and universally acclaimed blog.
As a matter of fact, said last post was published on April 30, 2013. Its title: “The Best Restaurant in the World: El Celler de Can Roca”
The time has come to publish another “gastro-post” about another “Can Roca”. Yes, my dear trillions of readers, if you ever visit the tiny village of Esponellà (not everybody at the same time, please) you must be aware that its restaurant “Can Roca” has nothing to do with “El Celler de Can Roca” (Girona city).
“Roca” is a relatively common Catalan name. “Can” means “house of”. “Restaurant Can Roca” means … 😉
Let’s make a brief and rewarding visit to Restaurant Can Roca (Esponellà, Pla de l’Estany county, province of Girona)
This restaurant is very traditional. They are serving the very best Catalan cuisine since 1910 (although Covetotop discovered it a little later).
Here below you can see some colorful pictures of some colorful, traditional, superbly cooked dishes personally eaten (just for the sake of blogging) by a happy Covetotop. The service at Can Roca is second to none (a very kind lady is in charge)
Sadly, the celebrated and praised modern digital cameras only can capture forms and colors. They capture neither flavors nor metaphysic satisfaction; hence, this post cannot make justice to the lovely Can Roca of Esponellà, a restaurant owned and managed by the same family since its beginnings (now in their 4th generation).
Practical info: Esponellà is barely 1 hour drive from the warm Mediterranean coast (Costa Brava) and barely 1 hour drive from the cold Pyrenees Mountains. Mild temperatures and superb countryside guaranteed.
Web page: www.restaurantcanroca.cat
Address: Fortuny Street 1, Esponellà
Tel: 972 597 012
Post scriptum 1: The other day, a friend of mine (Cristina) gave me an extraordinary gift: a pair of “espadrilles“. These typical, rural, traditional Catalan shoes are ideally suited to visit typical, rural, traditional Catalan restaurants. It is scientifically demonstrated that traditional Catalan food tastes better when you wear a pair of espadrilles (or “espardenyes”)
Here below it is my wonderful pair of espadrilles.
One of these days the great Covetotop will dedicate a whole post to his espadrilles and, perhaps, to his straw hat. Yes, one of these days …
Post scriptum 2: Catalan cuisine is candidate for UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list: www.cuinacatalana.eu