LA DOLCE VITA
When Valentina and Maurizio, originally from Palermo, moved to Barcelona a year ago, they decided to bring a little bit of their native Sicily with them. They opened Origano with the aim of taking the most authentic Sicilian dishes and flavours—pistachios, cannoli, swordfish, arancini—and serving them as they would in their own home. They wanted to run the restaurant and do most of the cooking themselves, so they purposely chose a small venue with a relaxed, homey feel. The menu is short and sweet and changes every month, ensuring that the food is fresh and always carefully prepared from scratch. It features much-loved Sicilian classics such as baked cassata, a ricotta-filled pie, as well as lesser-known traditional dishes like gelo di melone, a watermelon pudding garnished with cinnamon and shavings of chocolate. “We wanted to have things on the menu that people may not necessarily have heard of, but that we often make and enjoy at home,” explained Valentina. “Food is a big tradition in Sicily. Everyone gets together and cooks—you know, la mamma, la nonna, everyone.”
Origano. Aragó 209.