We roll out of “the place with the amazing anchovies” and head next door to the new Cal Marino -- which, with walls lined with bottles, barrels and a bar full of tasty vittles, looks like Quimet & Quimet’s little cousin.
Toni brought me here for a quick snack a month ago and I wanted to check in again and see what’s cooking.
They don’t cook much, actually, they source. There are gourmet snacks a go go -- lots of good things to skewer with a toothpick and a few combinations à la Quimet. There are plates with excellent olives, tasty shrimp, or little bites of octopus; you’d have to make a concerted effort to make a meal out of it, but paired with, say, a good cider, they get the appetite racing, the conversation moving.
They’re still working out a few kinks; I tried flagging the waiter for some tomato bread, and he made a long-distance stiff-arm gesture that said, “Can’t you see I’m overwhelmed?” Come in at a quieter time, however, and the barman/owner will be happy to teach you about the products he stocks.
They’ll work it out. Can Marino is a great launching point, a future neighborhood reference as a watering hole and part of a great one-two punch after you have some of those anchovies.
Count on 5-15 euros depending on how much of a meal you want to make of it.
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Globe travel correspondent Joe Ray, winner of the 2009 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year award, writes his own blog, Eating The Motherland, and contributes to the English language version of Simon Says, the French food and lifestyle blog run by French food critic Francois Simon. Twitter: @joe_diner
Photo of Ariadna Matieu and Diego Parades by Joe Ray for The Boston Globe