Calle Ponzano is a narrow and unassuming street so famous for its fantastic restaurants that it has a gerund – PONZANING!
Do like the Madrileños do and go Ponzaning in this exciting gastro mecca, which covers 8 blocks, starting at Calle Santa Engracia and ending at Calle Raimundo Fernández Villaverde. There is also some overspill into tributary streets, notably Calles Bretón de los Herreros and Espronceda.
This street merits a little research before you hit it, but here are a few of my fav spots!
Tavernas are very Spanish and great for a quick drink and some fresh or tinned seafood. Check out Fide (Ponzano 8), El Doble (Ponzano 58) and the wonderfully colourful La Parroquia de Pablo (Bretón de los Herreros, 16.)
Spanish: you have to sample the local cuisine! Try it at Los Arcos de Ponzano (Ponzano, 16,) an asador that specializes in roast meat, if that’s your thing! La Máquina Chamberí (Ponzano, 39) is wildly popular, despite being quite pricy, so you should book. Vagalume (Ponzano, 27) is also great and a bit cheaper, as is Toque de Sal (Ponzano, 46.)
Ponzano goes through Madrid’s very own little Italy. I recommend Picsa (Ponzano, 76) for a gourmet Argentinian pizza experience and Trattoria Manzoni (Bretón de los Herreros, 13.)
Finally, if you want to blow the budget, go try a 75 euro tasting menu at El Invernadero (Ponzano, 85.) Michelin starred Chef Rodrigo de la Calle builds dishes around seasonal vegetables and they look so exciting!
Great coffee and cake? Look no further than Rebel Café (Ponzano, 90)
See you there!