One of the highlights of my fourth trip to Granada was certainly visiting La Piccola Carmela.
I fell in love with the restaurant when I discovered it on my first visit a few years ago, and have been returning there ever since, each time discovering new flavours.
I thought it was about time it landed its own spot on this blog too!
Call me a tourist, but I have not had much luck with Spanish restaurants, but an Italian one never disappoints with the food quality. For this one, I would go as far as calling it exceptional.
La Picolla Carmella is located at the edge of Plaza Nueva, almost opposite the pickup stop for buses towards Alhambra.
The menu is full of Italian classics and they certainly don’t disappoint.
As a welcome treat, you would get a small portion of pasta, or another small portion of free tapas that will leave you wanting more.
I have tasted four different pizzas now and they were all spectacular.
Even the exotic mix of avocado and smoked salmon on a pizza was just heaven in the mouth! The four-cheese pizza I had there was beyond description – melt in your mouth, the perfect amount of good quality cheese on freshly made pizza dough – culinary heaven.
Pasta is something I normally go for, and on my first visit I had the black pasta with salmon, which was delicious, but it didn’t beat the mascarpone risotto with shrimp I had last time. Such a simple dish, but so delicious I wanted to order another one as soon as I finished.
If you’re in the mood for pasta or pizza, the salads are equally delicious and taste super fresh, my husband especially complimented their Ceasar salad and the dressing.
The staff is very attentive, professional and friendly, and the inside of the restaurant is very cosy and welcoming. They have plenty of seating outside by the main road if you don’t mind the traffic noise.
Just reviewing these photos makes me hungry for another visit.
If you’re in Granada and want to have some really really good food, head over to La Piccola Carmela, you won’t be disappointed.
The restaurant details, location & menu link is at the end of the article.
La Piccola Carmela: Restaurant Details
Menu: check on their website
Reservations: available also online on their website (scroll all the way to the bottom)
More Granada Restaurants
Granada Monuments Tickets & Tours
Here are a few guided trip options for visiting the main sights in Alhambra. To check availability and prices please click on the link below.
- Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket – enjoy a fast-track access to all the sights within the grounds of Alhambra, including the Generalife Gardens. Does not include a guide.
- Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces, and Generalife Tour – fast track entry to the Alhambra complex with a private or shared tour guide.
- Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide – the same tickets to Alhambra this time including an audio guide in the language of your choice.
- Sacromonte: Flamenco Show at Cuevas Los Tarantos Tickets – entry tickets to the popular flamenco performance in the Sacromonte district of Granada
Southern Spain Travel Planning Guide
Is it safe to drive in Spain?
YES! The roads in Southern Spain are generally in very good condition, with modern highways connecting the biggest cities. To rent a car, I highly recommend Discover Cars, which will get you the best deals on your car rental for your trip.
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO DRIVE?
WHERE SHOULD I BOOK MY ACCOMMODATION?
BOOKING.COM — I have been using booking.com for all my trips in Spain and abroad, and have never had any negative experiences. Their reviews are very accurate and you get the best deals even on apartments, not just hotels.
ARE THERE LUGGAGE STORE OPTIONS IN THE CITIES?
YES — If you would like to leave your luggage behind to explore the city on your last day, before heading to the airport, you can use Radical Storage service, which lets you book luggage storage options in almost all the destinations in Southern Spain.
DO I NEED TO BUY A LOCAL SIM CARD FOR THIS TRIP?
YES – You can, of course, use your own card if you have roaming data available. If you want to avoid surprising extra charges from your operator, you can use a service like Airalo, where you can buy digital packs for e-sim cards, avoiding the hassle of sourcing local physical sim cards and extra roaming charges anywhere you go.
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