Eating out as a family, wherever you are, can be a challenge. In order to have any chance of a relaxed enjoyable evening (as a parent) so many things have to be right - often it can be a nightmare even before you start. Nobody wants to face an extortionate bill for a meal that little Lily has only picked at or dropped down her front, and equally in the case of my gannet boys, be faced with pretty nouvelle cuisine that barely touches the sides and has you arranging a second mortgage. A couple of boisterous boys or High School Musical singing girls can often put people off their paella and so a place that bustles, and big enough for a little free movement and where staff are efficiently friendly in dealing with little people generally hits the right note.
The obvious favourites like the Santa Maria are always a good bet when you've got people visiting with kids (although the food can feel and taste a bit mass produced); large tables, great staff and a huge reasonably priced menu will tick even the fussiest eaters boxes.
La Pinta too, which is part of the same group is great for just that, and with a large courtyard at the back where your offspring can stretch their growing legs - for me, it gains points over even the Santa Maria. However, if it's a little gem you're after with consistently good food at a fraction of the price then Boccalino is for you. It might not have the flashy front line position, but it has a very pleasant street-side location just next to Plaza Catalunya. With a pedestrianised bit just in front, you can even release your kids after their dessert to burn off some of that sugar you were foolish enough to have given them, whilst you kick back and people watch with your bottle of (reasonably priced) Sangre de Toro. The paella is fresh tasting and without neon yellow food colouring (don't forget those e numbers!) and about 5 euros cheaper than anything on the seafront. The pizzas though not exceptional are good, tasty and flavoursome and as far as I can tell the cheapest in Sitges. There are always some fresh specials, which will normally tantalise an adult such as fresh tuna salad, grilled provolone cheese. But, if it's a quick tasty fix you're after before bedtime, then the chicken and chips are the best in town. With a just-flipped-off the-hot-charcoal-flavour it's often just what is needed after a hard day at the play-park, and the best bit, is that it's cheaper than kiddie friendly La Oca up the road... What's not to like?!
Greta has lived in Sitges with her husband and two boys Rafael (6) and Luca (4) for 5 years.
Note: You can not reserve a table at La Santa Maria.
For reservations at La Pinta Tel: 93 811 1760
For reservations at Boccalino Tel: 93 894 1774