To step foot in LeccaBaffi is to be immediately transported to a typical Roman trattoria.
Metro: L4 (Yellow) & L5 (Blue) - Verdaguer
The restaurant gets its name from the classic Italian expression leccarsi i baffi, which literally translates to “licking one’s moustache,” the Italian equivalent of finger-licking good. And the name is well deserved, as it’s just the beginning of an unforgettable and totally unique dining experience showcasing the dolce vita in Barcelona.
Located on the corner between Bailén and València Streets, LeccaBaffi features four different dining spaces, founded by 4 passionate Italian food lovers, with the main objective of bringing diners on a tour through the different regions of Italy by going on a culinary journey.
Large glass windows on the ground floor of this renovated building provide an inviting entrance into LeccaBaffi. The restaurant maintains a few antique decorative objects, dropping little hints about the old businesses that previously occupied the space at number 341 Carrer València, including an old scale from a corner store which easily shows its decades of use, or an iron sign that reads the local equivalent of ‘ironworks’ from a long since defunct forge that once produced works for Gaudí.
The dining area offers different options through which customers can explore the typical fare from each region of Italy. LeccaBaffi has an area inspired by the classic Italian rosticceria, where customers can find dishes made daily, to eat in or to take out: ragú lasagna, Genovese flatbread, eggplant parmesan, or the original pizza with truffles, served by the slice, are just some of the delicacies on offer.
Moving deeper into the space we find the restaurant, where diners can enjoy authentic Italian fare with a contemporary touch. The fresh pastas and gnocchi, unbelievably light and delicate, are handmade every morning, and the pizzas are prepared using traditional methods, using slowly fermented dough containing a mix of 4 flours that give it a unique bite.
The restaurant menu changes with the season and features fresh fruits and vegetables sourced at the Concepció Market as well as exclusive products imported straight from Italy. Diners can also enjoy dishes that have become classics in and of themselves, like trofie al pesto, pappardelle al cinghiale, polenta con coda alla vaccinara or the spaghetti allo scoglio, to name just a few.
In terms of the wine list, LeccaBaffi has an exclusively Italian offering, featuring bottles from up and down the country, with options starting from the top like Barolo de Piemonte, passing through a Falanghina de Campania and winding up at a Sicilian Nero d’Avola.