Gastronomy alone is reason enough to visit Navarra. Restaurants and bars have achieved international recognition due to their mix of traditional and modern foods, with raw material grown all over the kingdom. Here are a few of them:
Asparagus of Navarra
The official denomination “Asparagus of Navarra” is awarded to asparagus produced in Aragón, La Rioja and Navarra on land that the Regulating Council considers apt for quality production. They are divided into the categories of Extra and Primera.
Considered to be ambassadors of all Navarra, they are easily recognized by their white color, soft texture, few or no fibers and exquisite taste.
Peppers del Piquillo
Known as “red gold” in Navarra, these special peppers are indigenous to the southeast of Navarra with eight towns awarded the “Denominación de Origen: Andosilla, Azagra, Cárcar, Lerín, Lodosa, Mendavia, San Adrián and Sartaguda.
Artichokes of Tudela
The artichokes of Tudela are officially, geographically protected and are cultivated in 33 towns in the Ribera of Navarra, especially in Tudela. It is called the “Flower of the Garden” for its characteristic shape, and in Navarra it is known as “Blanca de Navarra.”
Chistorra stands out as one of the native products of Navarra. It is made of pig, fatback and bacon with salt, pepper, garlic and sugars and is a red color. Chistorra needs to be cured between 1 and 25 days before frying or cooking it.
Before main meals in restaurants, you can go from bar to bar and eat delicious, miniature bites of food to open your appetite.
Here are some prize-winning establishments offering exquisite tapas:
- Melbourne ( 36, Olite street.) First prize in the Week of the Pincho Navarra 2007, 2006 and 2004.
- Gaucho (7, Ezpoz y Mina street) Second prize in the Week of the Pincho Navarra 2007 and 2005 and third prize in 2006.
- Aralar (25 Castillo de Maya street) Second prize in the Week of the Pincho Navarra 2006 and 2003.
- Baserrri (32, San Nicolás street) Prize for Most Original tapa in 2013.
- Letyana (2, Travesía de Bayona) Second prize in the Week of the Pincho 2001 and second prize in 2002.
- Iruñazarra (15, Mercaderes street) Winner of the First Prize of the Week of the Pincho in 2016.
- La Cocina de Álex Múgica (24 Estafeta street) Bronze prize in the Week of the Pincho 2016 and the prize for the Healthiest Pincho en 2012
- Chez Evaristo (69, Estafeta street) Prize Town Hall of Pamplona for its Longstanding Professionalism 2016.
- Bar Txoko (14, Plaza del Castillo) Prize for the best Miniature Pincho 2016.
- Burgalés (5, Comedias street) Prize Town Hall for its Longstanding Professionalism 2015.
- Bar Moka (16 Tafalla street). Prize Kingdom Gourmet 2015.
- 7del7 (53, Zapatería street) Second prize in the Week of the Pincho 2014.
- Embrujo (16, Padre Calataydud street) Third prize in the Week of the Pincho 2014.
- Chelsy (20, Iturrama street) First prize in the Week of the Pincho 2012.
- Otano (5, San Nicolás street) Prize Town Hall for its Longstanding Professional 2013.