Restaurant Can Roca (Esponellà, Girona)

Catalan food

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)

Restaurant Can Roca Esponellà

This restaurant is very traditional. They are serving the very best Catalan cuisine since 1910 (although Covetotop discovered it a little later).

Among its regular clients were such great connoisseurs as Salvador Dalí (local painter) or Josep Pla (local writer). Covetotop (local nobody) is another regular client too.

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)

truita de ceba i patates

pastel de verduras



pumpkin canellonni

botifarra dolça

peus de porc

meat balls squid

empordanian wine


crema catalana Can Roca

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:

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:


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8 Responses to Restaurant Can Roca (Esponellà, Girona)

  1. Sarah says:

    “Local nobody”… I really did lol with that one! How about “amazing (and sometimes hilarious ;)) local blogger, photographer and travel guide”? 🙂
    The food looks incredible! My only complaint is that I can’t taste every one of those dishes for lunch today.

    • Covetotop says:

      This local Sarah’s friend is very grateful for your kind comment! 😉

      By the way, I have the very same complaint about a wonderful blog I know: Peach & Blackberry Summer Muffins, Date Sweetened Chocolate Chip Cookies, Spicy Cantaloupe Salad … Wow!

  2. harri8here says:

    To which address should i send you the bill for the repair of my computer? Your post had me drooling, excessively: My keyboard has drowned. (I type this on a friend’s computer, and am being charged by the letter).

    Seriously, this is a fabulous looking restaurant. So much history. And the dishes look yum :).

    What is gourmand in espanol?

  3. Your beautiful photos made my mouth water! Beautifully done, as always. Thanks Covetotop!

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