on June 18, 2013
Slap bang in the heart of Nerja, Malaga, Spain, is the Little Italy Restaurant. Leaving The Balcon, and the sea, to your rear, turn right (Away from Malaga direction) and after a few metres you are presented with three pedestrian avenues. Take the right turn, Calle Carabeo. This beautiful avenue runs parallel to the sea, with many 'look out points along the way. In fact the view from these lookouts was voted the second best vista/view in the whole of Spain (And no, before you ask,I am unaware of the best vista). Unfortunately there is no such view adjacent to the Little Italy Restaurant. Calle Carabeo is a narrow cobbled street full of ancient character which is used for both commercial and residential occupancy. Set about a third of the way along, on the right hand side, walking from the Balcon is Little Italy. There are a small amount of tables and chairs outside, and slightly more within the building. Such is the popularity that at lunchtimes, and early evenings, most days of the week there is a queue of people waiting to get a table. The staff speak good Spanish and English, and are very helpful and attentive. Two huge pizzas, a large beer and a glass of wine will cost around 12 Euros for two. You should not view this restaurant as a place to lounge around for several hours people watching, reading a book or celebrating a birthday. This is very much an upmarket literally 'fast food' establishment that serves really good food at an excellent price, but you are not encouraged to sit around. Having said that you are not rushed away, just be realistic, there are people that want your seat! The toilets are the normal Spanish affair, ie no seat, sometimes no paper, but lots of hot water and towels. Again, don't take your paperback book in there for 3 chapters but functional. I am impressed with the place (The restaurant not the toilet!) and have been several times with different people. I generally go for the four cheese pizza, with extra Roquefort cheese. My partner takes the salmon fillet. Both are served freshly cooked and very nice. Never had a bad meal there yet. Indeed speaking to a number of other regulars no one has had a bad meal either. Both house red and white wines are nice, and there is facility for the UK guests to have a 'pinta' (Pint) of beer in a jug if required. A very nice place.
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