Looking for a casual Italian restaurant to go to with your dog is not an easy find here in Madrid. There are plenty of Italian places across the city but most of them sadly do not accept dogs, I believe that some are not dog friendly as they are too popular and lack of capacity to welcome our furry family member. Another issue is finding a good Italian, we went on a hunt and found two places so far that we are delighted to share here in this blog.
Let’s start with Lele, this little Italian tucked in our neighbourhood in Lista. After a few months considering it we have finally made our way there for a late Sunday lunch before heading to Retiro. It’s a traditional Italian place with an old fashion interior, but we went there for the food and we were not disappointed. Although we have not tried many options from the menu the two plates of fresh pastas that we have ordered were very tasty and full of flavours. We had the Spaghetti Del Pescatore made with fresh spaghettis, sea bass accompanied by a parsley and lemon sauce. The second plate was the Ravioli Di Zucca, I wanted to try something different and I really enjoyed the sweetness from the sauce and pumpkin mix. The raviolis were filled with pumpkin accompanied by a sage and amaretto butter sauce over a sweet pumpkin cream.
The menu offers a selection of antipasti, fresh pastas, gourmet pizzas and other traditional Italian dishes such as risotto.
Lele is a nice casual Italian place to visit with your dog if you are ever in the neighbourhood and Timon even got a treat from the team at Lele.
Chueca neighbourhood is rather filled with dog friendly places but rare are the ones where you can enjoy a nice pizza with your dog. I came across Cuore Pazzo on a day walking in the neighbourhood and decided to go back with friends, as I already knew that they allow dogs.
Everyone opted for the pizzas except myself and ordered the Berenjena Parmesana. The portion was generous and very tasty as the aubergines were melting in mouth accompanied by a nice tomato sauce. I also tried one of the pizza, all on a thin crust base, which was really nice.
The service was extremely friendly and Timón was very welcomed too with a bowl of water. The place was casual and you can smell the delicious food as soon as you get in.
I have not forgotten about those following a vegan diet so check out our article about Pizzi&Dixie to discover their take on the Italian