Discover the best gazpacho in Barcelona

Discover 4 interesting curiosities about gazpacho and enjoy its flavor at the Rossini Italian restaurant in Plaza Real.
fresh gazpacho dish

Among the many Mediterranean and Italian specialties that you can find in our menu, Andalusian gazpacho It is the delicacy of kings par excellence in this hot summer. Its appetizing aroma, its refreshing freshness and its sweet flavor make gazpacho the best starter to enjoy at any time of the day in Barcelona.

Gazpacho is an appetizing cold soup made up of tomatoes, vegetables, olive oil and pieces of bread, which together with the special touch of the Rossini restaurant, you can taste its quality with each of your five senses.

In today’s article we will present some of the most remarkable curiosities about this summer dish, with which you can discover many more things about the origin of Mediterranean cuisine and its most notable differences with Italian cuisine.

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The origins of gazpacho

Although it is a recognized dish in Andalusian cuisine, the truth is that the history of gazpacho dates back to the 8th century, a time when the Caliphate of Al-Andalus ruled the Iberian Peninsula. The original recipe was a preparation similar to a concoction, made up of water, vinegar and almonds or garlic.

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With the passage of time and after the Spanish reconquest, the dish was modified by adding products from the new world such as tomatoes or peppers. Due to its easy preparation, this new dish became popular among the common people and later among the working class, who used to eat it during work days.

However, the invention of the original gazpacho recipe is attributed to the Andalusians.

A super healthy dish

Gazpacho has many health benefits and is rich in vitamins A, C and D, which are responsible for reinforcing the defenses of the body’s immune system, as well as being a very hydrating drink for the hottest days of summer.

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As if that were not enough, it is an excellent dish to lose weight, since its composition is mainly water mixed with mineral salts such as zinc, magnesium, phosphorus or potassium, in a similar way to an isotonic drink for athletes.

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And finally, it is a good antioxidant agent to maintain your body’s tan and take care of the health of your heart and blood pressure. There are some gazpacho recipes in the world that are prepared with fruits and vegetables.

The gazpacho lover

Although originally it was an exclusive dish for the commoner class, the courtesan Eugenia de Montijo (wife of Emperor Napoleon III) popularized this cold soup among the upper classes and the Spanish bourgeoisie.

middle ages peasants
Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Initially, in the 17th century, it was associated as a dish for ordinary people from the countryside.

Thanks to the work of the empress, gazpacho spread and became one of the most valued dishes of Spanish gastronomy, especially by the French.

Over time and as in the case of the pizza Hawaiian many other personalities (such as the writer Miguel de Cervantes, the singer Sabina and the actress Lola Flores)

have dedicated songs, drawings, stories and tributes of all kinds to this quintessential Spanish specialty,

For this summer…. Don’t forget to try our delicious gazpacho to delight yourself with the authentic Andalusian flavor!


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