Spanish tapas traditions influence
small plate offerings across cuisine
It’s been that food brings people together. In fact, we’ve been breaking bread together for centuries. So it’s no surprise that restaurants have evolved to create an even more social environment by offering small sharable plates of food.
Emilio and Anne Marie Gervilla have known the secret to creating a relaxed social environment for 25 years. At their family-run restaurant, Emilio’s Tapas in Hillside, food is about sharing, having fun, and enjoying many dishes. Anne Marie says they have created an energetic ambiance at the restaurant to complement the food, designed to transport diners to the Spanish countryside. And while Emilio’s offers raciones (traditionally portioned entrées), most guests indulge in the locale’s specialty: tapas.
“It’s a fun group activity,” Anne Marie says of tapas dining. “It’s not committing to any one dish. It’s very interactive because you’re sharing.”
Emilio’s Tapas is ready to balance its tapas menu with your choice of red or white sangria, but it’s clear that creating a social and comfortable ambiance is something that many other restaurants are trying to emulate, picking up on Spain’s tradition of small plate sharing.
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