Casa Panza has been serving authentic Spanish cuisine since the early nineties in Little Havana. Located right on famous Calle Ocho, the restaurant is known for combining great food and lavish visuals, which includes Flamenco-style dancing and singing.
This is not simply dancing while you eat, though. This is a full experience. Expect an entire Las Vegas-inspired cabaret show at Casa Panza, with two rooms designated just for the Spanish spectacle.
The first is la cueva, or cave. Here, local musician Juan De Alba is king. He presents his Flamenco show every Friday and Saturday starting at 9 p.m, where you’ll feel urged to get up and join the festivities as you enjoy some of the most delectable tapas and paella in the city. On Wednesdays and Thursdays Pepe De Malaga and Estrella Morena take to the stage to give you their electric flamenco performances.
Inside the second room, called el salon rojo, or red salon, you’re likely to find a Latin favorite performing for a one-night extravaganza. The color red signifies love and heat, and you will definitely feel both in here. Anibal Diaz and his Latin Broadway show are stirring up some commotion on the weekends. This burlesque musical belongs on the Vegas strip, but you can enjoy it in your very own city.
Little Havana is named after the Cuban capital, but at Casa Panza, it’s all about Spain. Chef Jaime Montier recommends his traditional dishes like the rabbit in salmorejo sauce. Rabbit decadently braised in a white wine and tomato sauce will make you a fan of a new protein, if you aren’t already.
Another of Chef Jaime’s recommendations is the cordero al vino – or lamb in wine sauce. This one trades the white wine for a dark red that acts as a bath that stews the lamb.
If you’re there during a show, it’s the tapas you’ll want to share with your group. They are also ideal for just two. Some great choices include the Tabla Casa Panza, which is an assortment of jamon serrano, Spanish chorizo, manchego cheese and olives. Another option to try is the garbanzos appetizer. These beans are lightly fried and served with a savory Creole sauce. With more than 18 choices to choose from, you’re sure to find something to start things off with.
There’s a reason why Casa Panza has lasted so long. The selection of dishes, paired with the caliber of show you get, is why so many people have been going back for more.