They go for brunch, for a bite in the afternoon, for dinner, for a late night snack and for any other moment in between.
They go very well with sidra, with local wine or with a bit of beer (in the Basque country you can even have an 100 ml glass, or a zurito, or a corto de cerveza).
Almost any ingredient can be put in a pintxo, but those most commonly found in the Basque Country include fish such as hake, cod, or anchovy; tortilla de patatas; stuffed peppers; croquettes; the simple yet tasty sliced baguette layered with jamón ibérico, queso de cabra (goat cheese) or anchovies; or slices of local cheese with tomato jam. These mixes are neither big nor small, somehow of the size of a small sandwich.
The interior of Sagardi is designed to recall a wood and stone cider-house mood. They pile up the bar with a variety of cold tapas and constantly get out the kitchen with plates of the warm ones. Grupo Sagardi was founded 18 years ago in Barcelona by Iñaki Viñaspre, with the goal to champion Basque gastronomy. He opened restaurants in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla, Porto, Mexico, Buenos Aires and London.
Its location makes Orio one of the most interesting eateries in Barcelona. Right on Carrer Ferran and with an open-air terrace on the Pas de l’Ensenyança, Orio is a tapas bar with a nice design.
It belongs to the Sagardi group. Inside, the room is presided over by a huge rowing boat. Outside, the terrace has half a dozen tables with outdoor heaters, all of which help to give this narrow passageway a welcoming, cozy feel. Feast on the typically Basque tapas known as pintxos, or opt for a warming hot dish. It can be a bit expensive (it’s hard to get away with paying less than €20, even if you just have tapas), but sitting on a terrace that’s so much in demand gives you a certain caché.