L’Anima de Gracia
Placa de Villa de Gracia
L’Anima de Gracia is an organic piadina takeaway in lovely Gracia in Barcelona. Situated on one of Gracia’s many squares but a short walk from the metro station of Fontana and a couple of minutes from c/Torrent de L’Olla – the main street in Gracia.
The beauty of L’Anima is that the ingredients – both for the piadina itself and the fillings are organic. If you’re unfamiliar with a piadina it is a type of Italian bread – much like a wrap, but it is grilled until crispy before being filled and folded and doused in chilli oil (if you so wish). Piadinas are all the rage in Barcelona – I know of five or six piadina bars in the centre of the city alone.
So, you pick your piadina, usually made with either wheat, wholewheat or spelt (depending on which establishment) and filled with amalgamations such as cheese, mushrooms and rocket, or pesto, mozzarella and sun dried tomatoes. They generally have a good range of vegetarian friendly options although they invariably contain cheese in some form or another (goat cheese, fontina, mozzarella etc) as this adds the necessary moisture and overall squidgyness to the end product. However, some places offer vegan options with mushroom based sauces and even seitan.
At L’Anima de Gracia a piadina will cost you between €3 and €5. They also have pizza slices (too made from organic ingredients) that cost between €1.80 and €2.30 and homemade Italian desserts such as tiramisu. You can also buy Bionades here (the organic German slightly sparkling drink seasoned with herbs).
There are a couple of stools against the bar, but if the weather permits, which it generally does, then take your piadina and scoff it on the square outside.
L’Anima de Gracia has cheap and tasty organic food, and it’s not often you get to say that.
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