Pinchos, or tapas, are one of Spain´s greatest traditions. Although the origins are
not too clear, a few theories can bring light to its creation.
It is said that upon King Alphonse XIII´s visit to Cadiz, he stopped at an inn and
asked for a glass of sherry. The bartender covered it with a slice of ham to prevent
any sand from getting in. Both the King and his court asked for another sherry, this
time with the “tapa” (“lid” in Spanish) of ham.
Another story goes that another Alphonse, King Alphonse X, passed a law by which
all inn keepers in Castille should provide something to eat when serving wine to
prevent any drunkenness.
Whereas tapas are served in the South of Spain and usually are larger portions, pinchos
originate from the North, specially San Sebastian in the Basque Country, and can
be served in a wide range of shapes and sizes.
Pincho & Olé tries to summarize in the best possible way the variety being served
all over Spain.
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