So to clarify, Iaia means grandma in Catalan, the Catalonian official Language. And it makes sense that this restaurant would be named that!
Iaia Cristina is located in the fast-growing neighborhood of Poble Nou, in the North East part of the city. It is at the intersection of Llacuna St and Ramón Turró St.
It is a traditional Italian restaurant (trust me, I used to live in Italy) that serves homemade food and pizzas made in a wood-fired oven.
The restaurant is huge and has excellent lighting. The star of this restaurant is in the center: a wood fire pizza oven. This not only gives the food that smokey taste but also coats the place with a beautiful scent.
The menu is pure Neapolitan. Serving pizzas, risottos, calzoni, pasta and traditional desserts such as cannoli and tiramisú.
I tried three of their dishes. A typical Pasta Carbonara made to perfection. Anyone who knows carbonara knows that the smallest factor can make or break this classic five-ingredient pasta (bacon, raw egg, black pepper, Parmigiano cheese, and spaghetti. ). The one I had here was amazing. Then we moved on to a pizza with Bufala Mozzarella, nothing can ever go wrong there. And to finish a cup of strawberries tops with mascarpone.
If you are ever in or around Poble Nou in Barcelona, go eat some Italian grandma’s food and feel transported to Italy.