Restaurante Pinos, Pinos, Benissa 965973019
Mountains of food and wine
Although not the highest village in the Sierra Bernia mountains, Pinos can certainly lay claim to some of the most spectacular scenery and views in the Marina Alta. Technically part of Benissa, the village has some three restaurants catering to the locals as well as the many tourists that drive up the CV-749.
Restaurante Pinos, also known locally as Maria´s, is on the right hand side of the road coming from Benissa and almost at the end of the village. The restaurant is on two levels that share a great view down to the coast.
The menu del día is priced according to the main course selected and in our case ranged from €13 (pork chops) to €17 (cordero en salsa). Included in the price was salad and a choice of sardines or delicious salchica as well as at least a half bottle of wine. The wine in question was Albadia del Roble, both red and white from La Mancha, and proved to be most acceptable.
Besides the pork chops (the portion was three of them!) and lamb with sauce, we also tucked into stewed rabbit (€15) and lamb chops (also €15). Hearty and delicious, all of them. We were serenaded by a visiting guitarist for part of our lunch, although some of our group found him a little loud.
All in all a most enjoyable mountain lunch for just €17 p.p.