Eat local: Casa Lita (pinchos), Santander, Spain

The bar and one of three counters displaying tapas (locally called pinchos) for selection at Casa Lita in Santander, Spain

The bar and one of three counters displaying tapas (locally called pinchos) for selection at Casa Lita in Santander, Spain

 

For more than a decade, Casa Lita has been specializing in the popular pinchos — essentially Spanish tapas (on bread) with skewers — and they receive rave reviews for the best pinchos in Santander, Spain.  The restaurant’s chef, Joseba Guijaro, who has earned a Michelin star during his long career, carefully selects the fresh, high quality products for the kitchen.  The wonderful local vibe adds to an authentic dining experience.

 

A closeup of one of the display counters with tapas (locally called pinchos) at Casa Lita in Santander, Spain

A closeup of one of the display counters with tapas (locally called pinchos) at Casa Lita in Santander, Spain

 

Iberico jamon (ham) sandwich tapas (locally called pinchos) at Casa Lita in Santander, Spain

Iberico jamon (ham) sandwich tapas (locally called pinchos) at Casa Lita in Santander, Spain

 

We choose to sit for our luncheon at a table outside on Paseo Pereda, a main street parallel to, and overlooking, the Bay of Santander.  We went inside several times and pointed out the bartender the pinchos we were interested in eating and they were brought outside by a waiter to our table (#14) along with fresh potato chips and Amstel beers.  When finished, the waiter had counted up the number of pinchos and beers and presented us with the bill.  Everything we had was excellent, with the foie gras pincho at the end the “pièce de resistance”!

 

Seafood mousse topped with mayonnaise and cheese and a prawn tapas (locally called pinchos) at Casa Lita in Santander, Spain

Seafood mousse topped with mayonnaise and cheese and a prawn tapas (locally called pinchos) at Casa Lita in Santander, Spain

 

Smoked salmon and seafood along with a Spanish tortilla (potatoes) topped with a pepper tapas (locally called pinchos) at Casa Lita in Santander, Spain

Smoked salmon and seafood along with a Spanish tortilla (potatoes) topped with a pepper tapas (locally called pinchos) at Casa Lita in Santander, Spain

 

Fried eggplant topped with chopped tomatoes atop Spanish jamon (ham) tapa (locally called pincho) at Casa Lita in Santander, Spain

Fried eggplant topped with chopped tomatoes atop Spanish jamon (ham) tapa (locally called pincho) at Casa Lita in Santander, Spain

 

The "piece de la resistance" -- a wedge of foie gras topped with Spanish jamon (ham) and balsalmic vinegar tapa (locally called pincho) at Casa Lita in Santander, Spain

The “pièce de resistance” — a wedge of foie gras topped with Spanish jamon (ham) and balsalmic vinegar tapa (locally called pincho) at Casa Lita in Santander, Spain

 

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