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How can anyone not like Pinocchio? At the very least, how can Pinocchio not bring you back to your childhood? That is exactly what the food at Pinotxo Bar did to me, it brought me back.

Pinotxo Bar is located right by the entrance of La Boqueria. Like El Quim, you get a seat by waiting for people to leave their own seat. However, unlike El Quim, you don’t get a menu once you sit down. Instead, their menu is written on a chalk board. The great but tricky detail about Pinotxo is that they serve a lot of dishes not written on there. I guess you can call them their specials. The specials are not written because it changes on a day-to-day basis depending on what they are able to get for the day. So the two times we went there, we found ourselves just talking to our server about what we were feeling and what they had as opposed to reading of the board.

Unfortunately much of the market was closed (or in the process of closing) during our second go around here due to Dia de Catalunya. Luckily, between our two visits, we were still able to get our hands on some cockles, razor clams and squid, so I wasn’t completely disappointed.


Meat-based highlights included their callos and braised pig head and leg. They were so good that I could not let a single drop of stew go to waste and took in the remainder with my bread. The natural gelatine texture and the flavours that were produced by the braised pig head was so flavourful, this is what made S want to go back to Pinotxo a second time.

We also had dessert once, in the form of flan. Although, nothing will ever measure to the flan at Etxebarri, the cheesy, sweet and sour piece that lay before me that day was definitely better than any flan I ever had growing up.

To view pictures of our meal in its entirety, click through the photo set below. If you are using a mobile device, please click here for compatibility.

Thanks for reading,
C & S

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