Ventorillo Patas Cortas

Ventorillo Patas Cortas

Ventorillo Patas Cortas

 

Some years ago, driving on the old road to Malaga we noticed an aged looking sign: “Ventorillo Patas Cortas est. 1490” or translated “Short Legs Inn est. 1490”. We drove around looking for this pre America discovery Inn, and found an aged house on the side of the road. While inspecting the outside of the building, looking for a door and peeking through small ancient windows a 60 something years old man came out to tell us that the restaurant is not longer opened to the public, but because we bothered driving up to his place he’s gifting us a bottle of red wine to enjoy it at home. This is how we met for the first time Miguel “El Loco”. Why “El Loco”? This is another story for another time maybe.

Ventorillo Patas Cortas

Ventorillo Patas Cortas

Over the next years we intersected ways around the village with the owner of “Ventorillo Patas Cortas”, Miguel, saying hello to each other. Later on, we found out he’s an animal lover always carrying in his beat up truck a bunch of happy dogs, and a bag of food for the stray dogs and cats he was feeding on his ways around. A couple of months ago we met Miguel and to our surprise he proudly announced that he reopened “Ventorillo Patas Cortas” and cordially we were invited to the grand opening the following weekend. Finally we had the opportunity to see how an inside of an”est” 1490 Inn looks like. After few lunches with friends, few drinks with the owner we can tell you that “Ventorillo Patascortas” is a one of a kind place, with secret passages, an unearthly shaft, lots of myths and horror stories. History was very daring, and legend says that Cervantes personally while working as a tax collector stopped here at this old inn on his way to Malaga, passing the ancient Zambra Tower.

Ventorillo Patas Cortas

Ventorillo Patas Cortas

The rustic decoration, with a beautiful assortment of antique farming tools and pots used by past generations gives the restaurant an heirloom atmosphere, not that the place was in need of that. The warmness of the intriguing wood burning stove which takes the center stage is comforting and makes the restaurant feel cozy and welcoming. The food is straightforward, nothing sophisticated, homemade with fresh local ingredients, and the perfectly cooked steaks are juicy and always accompanied by the most thin crispy French fries we ever had. We feel lucky having such an agreeable and friendly place close to home (just 1 mile) and we always return with pleasure back for more quality time and food.

Ventorillo Patas Cortas

Ventorillo Patas Cortas

Ventorillo Patas Cortas

Ventorillo Patas Cortas

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