The best restaurants to eat authentic paella are included here. The knowledge and passion of the Wikipaella inspectors, an open, anonymous and voluntary group, discover us those establishments where rice and its recipes are handled with professionalism, affection and respect for tradition.
Among the distinguished restaurants, the “Cullera de Fusta” (Wooden Spoon) ones are a particular highlight. These are restaurants that cook their paellas over an open fire using wood from orange branches and vine wood. It is an award to praise the highest level of commitment in hostelry to gastronomic Valencian culture.
Yes, whenever they offer a classic Valencian Paella, Arroz a Banda/Senyoret or Paella with rabbit and snails on their menus. However, only those establishments that cook their Paellas over firewood may be eligible for the "Cullera de Fusta" award.
Yes, if you are the owner of an establishment, or know of a place that deserves to be acknowledged, send us an e-mail and we will send an Inspector from Wikipaella to evaluate your request. You will be doing a great favour to the world of Paellas and lovers of traditional gastronomy.
- Compliance with the theoretical criteria in place regarding the use of ingredients and adherence to traditional Paella recipes.
- The cooking methods, taste, appearance and extras used when making the dishes.
- For restaurants, the elements that complete the dining experience and comprise part of a very specific ritual: being able to eat the Paella straight from the dish where it is cooked, with a wooden spoon, the premises’ ambience, etc.
No, a restaurant does not pay to be acknowledged. In this manner, the project is wholly independent and has no commitments with anyone, only with the autistics Paellas and hostelry workers who handle them affection, whilst being honest with their customers.
In the Wikipaella Gala held every year to notify the restaurants chosen.