In the U.S., we have several words to describe the culinary combination of putting a wide variety of ingredients between two pieces of bread. The most basic terminology would simply be sandwich, but we also have subs, heroes, hoagies and probably a few other words that I haven’t even heard of.
Well, in Spanish it’s the same. They also have multiple words to describe this staple food item, but they have us beat in one category: mini sandwiches. I can’t speak for other English-speaking countries, but in the U.S. we don’t have a specific word for mini sandwiches. It’s probably because nothing is served mini-sized in our country, but that’s a whole different story. In Spain, however, that’s not the case.
Montadito. That is the Spanish word for mini sandwich, and it’s a popular menu item in Spain. It’s important to know that I am cheating here a little bit because montaditos are technically not tapas, but the idea behind them is similar. Just like you would order a few different tapas to complete your meal, the same goes for montaditos.
What’s inside of a montadito and even its size can vary quite a bit from one place to another. Some of the ingredients found in the most typical montaditos include grilled chicken breast or pork, Iberian ham, sautéed bell peppers, garlicky aioli or spicy brava sauces, Spanish omelet, and various cheese amongst many other ingredients just not all at the same time of course.
In Spain, there is a very popular restaurant called “ 100 Montaditos.” I’m sure you can guess how it got that name. All of the montaditos pictured in this post come from 100 Montaditos for several reasons:
- It’s my favorite place to get montaditos because…
- …They have the widest variety of montaditos. For an indecisive eater like me who eats pretty much anything, this place is both heaven and hell.
- They have a deal on Mondays that make their already cheap montaditos (1-2 euros each) even cheaper (50 cents each).
- 100 Montaditos is in the U.S.! I was so excited when I heard that one of my favorite spots in Spain made it to the States. If you like what you see here and live in New York, Florida, Maryland or Washington D.C., try to get your hands on some of these montaditos. 100 Montaditos in the U.S. has basically the same menu and also the same low prices. They even have the same exact décor. Everything from the furniture to the paint on the walls is the same so you’ll really get a taste for what the 100 Montaditos experience is like in Spain.
These mini sandwiches may look really mini but trust me, you’ll be surprised by how few you need to feel full, especially if you get a nice side order of olives and a tinto de verano (wine mixed with lemon soda basically) to wash it down.