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This little gem in a strip mall at SW Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street takes the edge off the day with nice wine, good tapas, and a relaxed atmosphere. A $15 zarzuela de mariscos included overcooked bay scallops, but the broth was beautifully light, properly salted, and delightfully tasty. The squid, mussels, and other parts of the casserole were excellent. The calamari, $9.95, was plentiful and lightly fried. Double your return on the zarzuela investment by dipping the calamari in the seafood broth. The real standout was the tortilla española with chorizo. It was flavorful, plentiful, and spicy. Service was friendly and adept, though it's questionable whether this place will survive because it's hidden next to a beauty parlor and a Domino's Pizza.
The word tapas has taken on a slightly new meaning in America. It used to connote small bites culled from a lengthy playlist of traditional Spanish snacks. This was the exclusive domain of Spanish-style restaurants. Now, seemingly every restaurant trots out "tapas," which are really any comestible portioned in petite fashion. Las Tapas de Rosa adheres to the old interpretation, which means plates of Manchego cheese, chorizo, pork loin, and cured ham. Then there are boquerones en vinagre... More »
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