MAX AND STEFANO COLOMBO
If it hadn’t occurred to you to eat Italian food in Barcelona, Xemei (xemei.es) might persuade you otherwise. In its decade of business this idiosyncratic restaurant has carved out a niche for itself among the city’s best-loved eating places. Xemei was recently joined by Can Cisa Bar Brutal (cancisa.cat), their newest wine-bar in the old town. This is real cucina veneziana. a dish of squid stewed in red wine and mint (served with gnocchi) suggests that the cooking of Catalunya and the Veneto may not be as distant from each other as you’d think.