Pisto

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 Pisto 

Region:
Castilla-La Mancha
Season:
Year-Round
Great Choice For:
Vegans
Vegetarians
Pescatarians
Semi-Vegetarians
Eat It For:
Lunch
Dinner

Often found as a filling in empanadas, pisto is actually a dish onto itself. Similar to the French ratataouille, the Spanish take is made from a mix of sautéed local veggies bathed in a juicy tomato gravy. Typical in the region of Castilla la Mancha, you may also see pisto by another name pisto Manchego. When ordered as a stand-alone dish, you will find this traditional vegetable medley served with grilled bread and topped with a fresh fried egg. Although usually considered a starter, pisto is rich and filling and would make a great meal for any vegetarian visiting Spain. If you are vegan, just ask for them to hold the egg.

Where to find pisto

Madrid: Take a step back in time and go to Taberna Antonio Sanchez, founded in 1830. Not much has changed here over time, and in this case, that’s a good thing.

Barcelona: Known for it’s lively locals scene, Casa Alfonso is a good choice for tapas and other traditional Spanish eats.

Sevilla: A classic tapas bar and restaurant in Sevilla, El Rinconcillo is a favorite among locals and tourists alike.