The Best of Ravenna, in Valencia

Catch my latest post for SmartMouth, on one of Valencia’s fabulous, original Italian restaurants.

Photo: Cila Warncke

L’Alquimista is a single row of tables pressed against a wall, a glass-fronted workspace, three mismatched tables outside, and a menu scrawled in chalk. It sits at the end of an anonymous street in Valencia’s Russafa, an Italian-inflected barrio of art spaces and dry cleaners, barbershops and neon-lit diners. Chef Mario Tarroni opened his restaurant in 2009 to “cook for Valencianos, for my neighbors.”

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