Tapas or pintxos?
Anyone who has been to Spain, and even more traveled to the Basque Country, probably wondered this question. What is the difference between pintxos and tapas? And how did it happen that around the usual, it would seem, sandwiches there was a cult? Briefly and to the point explain the difference.
So, let’s start with simple. On the left in the photo – tapas. Right-pintxos.
Both are traditional Spanish appetizers. Tapas-name, widespread more-less across the country. Except one region. In the Basque Country, small mouth-watering snacks for wine or beer are called “pintxos” and claim that this is a different story.
There really is a difference between tapas and pintxos. First, historical. Tapas were originally a free snack to a glass of wine, so over their preparation, no one really bothered. But pintxos have always been a treat for which you have to pay separately.
Tapas – snacking easier, pintxos poizyskannee. In fact, tapas can be anything: even a plate with chopped chorizo sausage, even a bowl with olives or nuts. Pintxos are often small sandwiches with an interesting combination of products on a baguette, lightly fried in olive oil. By the way, tapas and pintxos can be served both cold and hot.
The composition of pintxos usually includes “seafood” – cod, anchovies, octopuses, shrimp, at worst-salmon.
Another difference is that pintxos are usually pierced with a skewer. Even the name “pincho “comes from the word”skewer”.
How did it happen that the usual sandwiches have taken such a significant place in the culture of the Spaniards, and not only gastronomic? Answer: traditionally, dinner in Spain decided to serve, by our standards, late: from 9 to 11 PM. But what to do in the blessed time after work and before dinner? The Spaniards found a way out: go to tapas bars (or pintxos bars in the case of the Basques), SIP wine or beer and eat what God sends.
Edition 34travel sure the best place to experience the culture of tapas is Barcelona. But pintxos should be tried in their homeland – in San Sebastian. By the way, we have a mini-guide to this city.
There is another place where you can try something as similar as possible to pintxos. This Venice is very proud of the local gastronomic specialty – the “cichetti”. In fact, it’s the same: small sandwiches (usually with seafood), which you type on a plate as snacks to your well-deserved aperitif.
Ah and a bit grammar. “Tapas “is pronounced with the emphasis on the first” a”, the word is not inclined, and in the plural will also be”tapas”. “Pintxos” is also not inclined, in the singular it is more correct to say “pintxos”, but who takes pintxos in the singular?