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Pepe Solla

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Pepe Solla

"... An after wandering around for a few years, here I am; when we were children our parents made us sit down on a stone staircase that links the kitchen with another area in the restaurant, they gave us the crust ribbon of a loaf of bread and we waited for them there while they were working… We saw them go in and out of the room, the smoking pans and pots, and the fast (sometimes too fast) pace, while we stayed there eating our bread. Sometimes we fell asleep and when they finished work they carried us in their arms up to bed; we hardly awakened… And at other times we finished our bread and they gave us another one, which meant that it was not time to go up homeyet. In the end, as always, our eyelids fell and the night ended with us in our parents’ arms. The story repeated itself throughout the year, but in the winter the staircase was very cold and they covered it with a tablecloth so that we weren’t cold ourselves, while the coal fireplace kept the whole kitchen warm...

This is not a different story from others that were already told by people like me, who were born in a family restaurant. After this childhood, half of us turned forever away from it, and the other half stayed. As you can see, I belong to this second half; we went back to it as though it was part of us, or perhaps, are we part of it?


Anyone who knows my career over the last fourteen years will see it this way. I started to be part of the restaurant and the restaurant became part of mine. The longer we stayed together the higher our integration was. We got rid of any boiler plate, everything that was not necessary or indispensable, thus retainingthe essential only – I am talking about both kitchen and dining areas; we were looking for clearness. Theidea of minimalism, which has been son much in vogue in recent years, was not behind this but simpleness. This is something that gets me excited and sometimes terrifies me. Essentialism and, as I say it on my website, styling? That’s the line to follow. Maite, Alfredo, Marcelo, Josiño... I have to thank all of them to give me company in my journey, but also my parents, siblings, José, Lourdes… In the end we are all in debt with our surroundings: the landscape, the pantry and man. They all also share and are part of our particular universe, which we are shaping and, at the same, it shapes us."

Pepe Solla



Casa Solla Avda. Sineiro, 7. CP 36005 San Salvador de Poio (Pontevedra). T: + 34 986 872 884 / correo@restaurantesolla.com