Originally when I first came to Restaurant del Barri, it was simply because it was a pizza place right near my old flat. I had no idea at the time that it would turn into one of my favourites in Barcelona.
When I first started going, the small room was regularly packed, so I often used to order their delicious pizzas to take away, then stroll back to my flat to enjoy them. Such was their popularity however, that they eventually relocated to their current, more comfortable and more spacious spot just around the corner.
The name ‘del Barri’ is fitting, as the various clientele always seem to know the owner and staff, and the camaraderie between them all really adds so much to the experience. That atmosphere of friendly chat and banter that pervades the restaurant makes having a meal there so much more enjoyable, especially in a city with an unfortunate number of jaded, stone-faced serving staff.
The pizzas themselves are excellent, and a wide range of interesting options are on offer, including kebab pizzas, pizzas named after the neighbouring streets, and even a Nutella option.
Restaurant del Barri is a great spot for locals, distinctly part of the neighbourhood, yet it also attracts tourists as well. I’ve since moved away from the area, but any time I’m back over there I definitely make a visit to this fondly-remembered spot, as this place is ingrained in the barrio and helps define the character of this side of town.