Bodega de la Ardosa, Madrid
Calle de Colón, 13, Malasaña
One of the first bars we visit when we arrived in Madrid. It´s a old bar with excellent salmorejo (cold tomato soup made with bread, oil, garlic and vinegar) and croquetas or tortilla de patatas (potato and onion omelette). You have to try it!
As a decor I specially love the grotesque Goya´s drawings hanged all over the walls. Most of the people don´t even notice them. They have two ambient s; one in front and the other at the back of the bar, you have to pass below the counter top.
A brief history
In 1892 Rafael Fernández Bagena, owner of vineyards in the region of La Ardosa, Toledo, created and founded the chain of Bodegas La Ardosa in Madrid, which would have 36 establishments. Some are still open in the streets Sta. Engracia, 70 , Ponzano, 10 and Abtao, 32.
Gregorio Monje, a butcher by profession, acquired La Ardosa in 1970. In 1979 he began working there with his wife Conchita, who presented the tavern to the most prestigious tortilla competitions, and his sons Rafael and Ángel. At the death of Gregorio. In 1995, the distributor was sold and the children continued with the brewery business. Currently, La Ardosa is run by Ángel, assisted by his wife, Concepción, and by a team that he trained and educated to serve beer with the same dedication and devotion as always.