Navaleno is a tiny village of about 800 residents in the municipality of Soria, in Spain’s northern autonomous community of Castille and Léon. It’s also home to an extraordinary Michelin-starred restaurant where we had one of the most memorable meals in our decades of travel.
For nearly 70 years, La Lobita has been serving unique takes on Castilian cuisine. It’s run by the third generation of female chefs de cuisine, and excels at forest-to-table cooking—especially mushrooms. In a country where mushroom hunting is practically a competitive sport, La Lobita serves tradition-with-a-twist recipes that showcase forest fungi in all their earthy, textured glory.
Grab a napkin—you’re going to need it—and settle in for a foodie-to-foodie conversation. Want to read more about La Lobita? Read about host Robin Catalano’smushroom hunting trip in Soria and dinner at La Lobita.
Note: During the show, we mention that while we stayed at an airbnb; other options for accommodations are available in the area, including Posada Cabana Real de Carreteros.
Robin Catalano believes in the power of storytelling to connect communities and cultures. She’s applied her creative approach to writing for magazines, books, blogs, websites, and a wide variety of marketing projects, and has published more than 75 articles and 1,000+ blog posts. As an editor, she has worked on more than 350 books for publishers including Penguin Random House, Workman, and Simon & Schuster. She has also served as a book coach for independent authors, helping them take their ideas from concept to print. An avid traveler and travel writer, Robin lives, reads, and writes voraciously in upstate NY.