Have you ever experienced a place that captured the ethos of a culture so intensely? Spain is that place for me. It happened the first time I visited Andalucía in 2001 and then again more recently when we decided to set up studio espanyolet here. The smells of hiking through pine forests of the Tramuntana and the taste of the local countryside do it for me. This is why we were so thrilled to learn about the restaurant Ca Na Toneta.
The first time we ate at Ca Na Toneta was a treat because it was with new American friends who introduced us to the place. That night was an eclectic mix of Catalan poetry reading and of 'zero kilometer' local fare from the Caimari countryside. We were taken by the intimacy of the space & the attention to every single detail of the meal. The night was planned out beautifully, with each course arriving at the right time & with the perfect complement to the wine and the previous course. What we fell in love with, in particular, was that each course was served on its own set of unique ceramic plates & boards. Details.
There is absolutely no pretense to this place. Sisters Maria, Teresa & Cati Solivellas have created a cozy spot where the food is simple, honest & feminine. It's different than what we're seen throughout the rest of Mallorca and are accustomed to back home in New York. It's 'rustic chic' but it tries hard at nothing. It has no tagline, no schtick, no obvious push to become famous...it's authentic & real & humble, and every detail plunges us deeper into a respect for the history & culture of this island, its people & traditions.
The restaurant & its accompanying cocktail bar/shop are humble little spaces that have been in the Solivellas family in the small village of Caimari for generations. While waiting for dinner, it's a delight to browse all the handmade goods from the Solivellas sisters' mother and local artisans (us included!). It's refreshing to see the eccentricities of the island manifest in some of the quirky things they sell in the store from felted animal heads (see Animal Farm) to crocheted window decor. Always a little treasure to bring back home for our own table.