A Taste of Spain
I love appetizers. It is both a statement and a confession. I feel guilty because there are many restaurants where I have yet to try an entrée for my love of the first page of the menu. Which is why Artesano is one of my favorite eateries in Louisville to date. Artesano IS appetizers. Tapas which is what they are known for and is the restaurants specialty. Located in Westport Village on Herr Lane, it brings a casual reincarnation of Spain to East Louisville in . Red is the primary color of all the décor and is fabulously accented with Spanish art and soft lighting. An outdoor patio is also available which can be heated in the cooler months or those cool summer nights that our area has yet to experience.
I recruited 2 friends to join me for an early Sunday afternoon lunch; For company and to steal food from their plates. We all have similar pallets so for us to agree to each order different tapas were a feat. However, we were able to come to the agreement to try something different and were not disappointed in our culinary adventure. Our first appetizer were empanadas which were a light flaky pastry filled with ropa veja chicken, capers, tomatoes, and roasted pepper aoli. We were lucky that there were three pastries and three of us; No casualties. The Patatas bravas were another table favorite. Crispy potatoes with spicy “brava sauce” and garlic aioli. Side note: I must remember to purchase stock in aioli. The beef and pork meatballs were probably the most coveted of the table. They came as a pair and were the size of a small rounded burger. Stuffed with tetillia cheese and swimming in just enough tomato sauce and came with 2 grilled baguettes which were almost better than the meat itself.
Artesano’s wine menu is extensive with an assortment or reds and whites and a few sparkling wines and rose’. But the real treat is their house made Artisan Sangrias which come as Red, Sparkling, or White; all infused with fresh fruits such as mangos, passionfruit, strawberries, agave, and more. They are available as a purchase by glass or a pitcher for a table and either are well worth their price which run from $9-$32.
If you consider yourself a local “foodie”; your title has not been earned until you have made Artesano a regular dining experience or at least a place to try on your list. The flavors and selections are abundant, and the atmosphere is relaxing yet modern enough to please even the pickiest Millennial or laid-back Boomer. The small plates are not short on portions or flavor and you will love to experience this small taste of Spain with local flare.