A Pintxo is a traditional small sandwich made of a flavorful topping on a short slice of baguette. While the tapas can be defined as a range of warm and cold appetizers served in small portion, the pintxos have their own concept and do not need any fork or knife to be eaten. There are varieties for all tastes: chicken, beef, gambas, sausage, vegetarian, etc.

Pintxos mean literally “thorn” or “spike” for the reason that they are usually ‘spiked’ with a skewer or toothpick, to the piece of bread. You can find them in most of the bars and taverns of the Basque Country where they are traditionally very elaborated and famous. Thus they have a strong socializing component as they are eaten while hanging out with friends.

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