Bodega Monumental: the pleasure of an authentic vermut



Maintaining a family tradition: this was the goal behind Daniel and Manel Cespedosa's decision to revive their family's passion for the restaurant business. Their grandparents (Nicasi and María) opened the legendary Bodega Monumental across from the bullfighting ring on Carrer Marina in Barcelona.


Three generations later, the bodega [which refers to a classic type of wine shop and bar] re-opened on Carrer Creu Coberta, right around the corner from Plaça Espanya. That was over four years ago, and the culinary passion they inherited from their grandparents and their mother Teresa is still going strong, 80 years later.


Sharing the joy of great food is the spirit that drives the Bodega Monumental restaurant. They serve traditional Mediterranean cuisine with a signature twist or two.


The restaurant is divided into three different spaces. La Bodegueta seats 25 people and is available for private dinners and parties; the Muntanya dining room seats 50, and the Mar dining room, the newest of the three, allows for an extensive menu dedicated exclusively to rice dishes.


According to Dani Cespedosa, “nourishment isn’t the only reason people eat; we do so for enjoyment and happiness too. This is why we serve dishes brimming with Mediterranean flavor, as well as some of our own creations.”


The kitchen serves food all day, which attracts a wide variety of customers. Neighborhood locals, tourists and, of course, aficionados of the classic vermut. This is clearly their speciality. They have become a veritable vermuteria/restaurant.


This means customers can begin with a vermut (vermouth), a classic Catalan aperitif served with pickled delicacies or cockles, and then dig into a delectable rice dish or a stone-grilled T-bone steak. Furthermore, like all bodegas, they sell bulk wine or vermouth straight from the barrel. This tradition has carried over from the old Bodega Monumental.


In a lovely turn of events, the Cespedosa family reacquired the original Bodega Monumental on Carrer Marina this spring. 80 years and three generations later, it will re-open its doors. The enthusiasm, however, will be as great as on day one.

Categorías: Gastronomy