A visit to Madrid isn’t truly complete without indulging in its iconic bocadillo de calamares, deep-fried squid sandwiches that have become emblematic of the city’s culinary scene. Plaza Mayor, a historic square thrumming with activity, stands as the epicenter for this beloved dish, with countless bars and eateries boasting their version.
However, amidst the bustling tourist hub of Plaza Mayor, discerning a genuinely delectable squid sandwich from the mediocre ones can be a challenge. Many establishments, seeking to capitalize on the tourist influx, serve sandwiches with overused oil, rendering the squid chewy and the bread soggy. Such lackluster offerings hardly do justice to Madrid’s gastronomic pride.
Enter La Campana, a beacon of authenticity in the midst of tourist traps. Their bocadillo de calamares stands out, with perfectly tender squid that neither tastes nor smells off-putting, all nestled within adequately crispy bread. Whether you choose to savor it at the bar, soaking in the ambiance, or grab one to go and immerse in Plaza Mayor’s vibrant tableau, it promises to be a delightful experience.
For those seeking variety, La Campana’s pork belly or fried chorizo sandwiches, complemented by fried Italian peppers, are equally tantalizing.