Checking TripAdvisor, we discovered that La Pizzateca, a pizza place around the corner from our apartment, is ranked 7th out of 4,493 restaurants in Madrid! The pizza on our plates has fresh basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella. The pizza was healthy, tasty, warm, and reasonable (2.50 euros per large slice). We did takeout twice. Note the cava (Spanish sparkling wine), which comes from Catalonia.
The Mercado de San Miguel is filled with tapas bars. Modern inside, with large windows, it’s very popular.
We ate seafood tapas there twice. The tapas were large and 1 euro each.
We enjoyed a menu del dia at La Finca de Susanna. Very reasonable: three course and drink for less than 15 euros. Below we had veal and fish, both prepared well. Airy atmosphere — high ceilings, clean decor, large windows — and nice service from the young staff.
One afternoon we shared churros and hot, thick chocolate at Chocolateria San Gines. The Spanish brought chocolate to Europe from the new world, so it’s not surprising they’d have restaurants specializing in chocolate.
We searched for tarta de Santiago, an almond cake that’s a specialty of Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. We found it only in boxes stacked in the souvenir section of El Corte Ingles, a Spanish department store. Not promising, but we wanted it badly, so we bought an entire tarta. As you probably guessed, the tarta didn’t measure up to our memories. We finished it but didn’t go back for more.