Pallantia is a traditional Spanish Tapas Restaurant in the heart of Shadyside, Pittsburgh. We import ingredients from Spain to create authentic dishes.
Pallantia cares about the ingredients used to create the most authentic dishes changing with the seasons. Some of our dishes remain on the menu annually, but some of the ingredients will change. Features are available daily based on our seafood and meat providers.
810 Ivy Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Our owner and executive chef are committed to cooking authentic, fresh & unique spanish cuisine
OWNER GONZALO CEMBRERO
Cembrero first came to America from Palencia, Spain in 1994 as a high school exchange student. He lived in Irwin for about a year and kept in touch with his host family after returning to Spain. In 2010, Cembrero left his successful but unfulfilling job in Spain and headed back to America to pursue his dream. The original Pallantia opened in Greensburg in 2011, but three years later Cembrero decided to focus on the new and improved Pallantia on Ivy Street in Shadyside.
Pallantia is the place for Cembrero to share his native home with his adopted one. Many of the recipes come from Cembrero’s family. “I’m a proud Spaniard,” says Cembrero. “And I want to bring the best of my country.” Cembrero grew up helping his grandmother cook paella. Paella, originated in the Valencia region of Spain uses either bomba or calasparra rice, saffron, sofrito and olive oil combined with seafood creates a unique mix of flavors. For Cembrero, authenticity starts with ingredients. He is importing many key items from Spain, including top-notch ibérico ham, pimentón de la Vera (a smoky paprika that shows up in many dishes), Azafran, cheeses from different regions and Spanish wines that “go beyond Rioja.”
“I want to bring the real taste of Spain,” explains Cembrero. To eat tapas-style is to eat by whim, free from rules and schedules. It is meant for those who wish to enjoy life to the fullest and love to spend time with friends. Bar tables, stools and a long wall bar encourage tapas sampling and sharing, and drinking homemade sangria and other beverages, including Spanish wines.