Curious in the Ribera del Duero


For travel details, check my Foodie Route ‘The Ribera del Duero, a Delightful Route for Every Wine Lover’

Aranda del Duero – We had a wonderful lunch at El Lagar de Isilla, located on the main  street.  A traditional tavern/restaurant with a historic underground wine cellar.  It is an authentic place where you will see tourists but also many locals.  They serve tapas, chef’s specials, wild mushroom specialties, Castilian plates – being their specialty lechazo (roast baby lamb), which I will not be able to comment because I do not eat lamb.  The choice of fish and meats is also not short.

I had wild boletes IMG_0833mushrooms as a starter, followed by grilled turbot with potatoes, absolutely light and delicious.

To round it up, one of my favorites:  Alión 2011.  No better way to start in the Ribera.IMG_0824






Also on the main road, we found this corner, named Almacén de Drogas which means ‘drugs storehouse’.  We had to stop here.  I have not been able to find the exact address, but if you walk the main road, you will not miss it.   It is a delicatessen, carrying regional products like jamón ibérico (Iberico ham) and wine.

TheyIMG_0808 also have a counter open to the street, where they sell bocadillos de jamón ibérico (Iberico ham sandwiches) to go.   There was only one employee.  He was really friendly; after giving us us some ham to try, he invited us to visit their underground cellar.  This cellar is one of the 15th-century interconnected underground tunnels and caves in Aranda.



Roa – Our wine hotel in Roa, Hotel Raíz, has also a restaurant that offers traditional specialties, using regional, seasonal products.


We arrived too late to try the restaurant, so we had some jamón ibérico and a Ribera Reserva 2010 in the room.  Fantastic!



PeñafieIMG_0931cropl – After the wine tasting at Tinto Pesquera, we decided this time not to go for the  IMG_0933croptraditional cuisine.  I had Alabrasa on my notes, so we headed there.  It is strangely located in a commercial complex, where you would not expect to find a restaurant.  Don’t hesitate, go ahead.

It was the perfect place for our lunch.  We were early so we got a nice table next to the window.  The staff was welcoming.

We started with lentils, and they were delicious.   Then, we ordered simple dishes, a hamburger and chicken wings, and you could tell that everything was really fresh and that the plates were prepared – I would say – with care, proving that simple food can be amazing.




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