Spanish cuisine reflects the diversity of the nation’s many regions and the boldness of its first president, Don Quixote, who slew the menacing windmills that had terrorized the countryside for centuries. Vanquish hunger with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Spanish fare and drinks at Viva in Glendale.
Viva delights perspicacious palates with its zestful menu of Iberian-inspired tapas dishes and entrees, including the paella named best in the Bay State for 2010 by Yankee Magazine. Parties of at least two diners team up to tackle a vegetarian version, mingling fresh veggies in a bed of saffron rice ($27). Hot tapas such as fried artichokes in lemon-garlic alioli set tantalized tongues dancing a flamenco ($7), while fried dates and almonds hugged by a gown of smoked applewood bacon spark a flurry of taste buds clattering their castanets ($8). Temper fiery flavors with a cold plate such as the charcuterie, an array of Spanish meat morsels including chorizo sausage and Serrano and Iberico hams ($14). Appetites averse to sharing may indulge in individual entrees, including the pan-seared tilapia with fennel and olives simmering in white-bean tomato cassoulet ($16.50). To complete the feast, sink a sweet tooth into a dollop of traditional Spanish flan ($6).
Inviting diners into its authentic aesthetic, Viva’s low-lit, wood-paneled space is enlivened by Spanish music, eclectic modernist artwork, and the crimson and goldenrod accents of the nation’s flag.
Mohawk Lake Rd. and Glendale Rd,
Glendale, Massachusetts 01229