Friday 27 July 2007

Can Coll, Placa Major, Sant Marti D'Empuries, Catalonia

One of a clutch of restaurants that have taken over the hamlet of Sant Marti's quaint square facing the village church. While well-positioned to serve undiscerning beach goers, Can Coll has plenty of regulars, as the food is a cut-above the usual tourist fare and the service, overseen by the watchful proprietor, is swift and friendly. Most diners order one of the large selection of pizzas, which come with generous toppings and are good value (6 to 10 Euros), from one of the dozen or so outside tables protected by sun shades. The Sicilian, which has a sprinkling of pine nuts, raisins and walnuts, is one of the more unusual toppings on the menu. Aside from pizzas, the other dishes available include a great hunk of goat's cheese surrounded by a substantial salad and bread. This is a pleasant spot to shelter from the often ferocious sun over a cold beer and on a Saturday you might see a wedding party posing outside the Ancient church opposite. 7/10