María Vinyoles Soler (Marieta) ...
... was in charge of the business management since the end of the XIX century. Initially, the current location of No. 5 in the plaza was intended for a "food house" and No. 6 for the blocks that guarded animals and carriages the days of the fruit and vegetable market, in the old plaza of Saint Augustine (whose name derives from the Augustinian convent located in the square), today better known as Independence Square. At the beginning of the XNUMXth century, in times of growth of Casa MarietaCatering services were also offered as accommodation.
The tenacity of the founder was inherited from parents to children, until in the year 1992 , the work of several generations was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce and the Girona City Council, celebrating the centennial with the presence of recognized authorities, such as the president of the Chamber of Commerce and other senior officials of the City Council, Provincial Council, Generalitat or the Parliament of Catalonia itself.
It was especially at this time, when Casa Marieta achieves greater recognition and becomes part of the selective group of Centennial Restaurants of Spain.
The vicissitudes of the 4th generation were assumed by the 5th generation, with a change of family, trying not only to keep the good of the past, but proposing the constant search to reinforce the path and give continuity over time. From 1995 to 1999 important works were carried out to enhance the spirit of Casa Marieta and to strengthen, even more if possible, complicity with the people of Girona.
From this moment…
… The installations show a symphony of places and images that recall the passing of generations:
The Carbonera Room, was the place where the coal was stored for the kitchen, today decorated with spectacular stained glass using the leaded technique, which narrate the process of making wine from the vineyard to the table.
Here at the Coast area, through the windows, we will see some of the most relevant parts of the Costa Brava, bordering the maritime line from Port de la Selva to Llançà and Portbou. These views are offered to us through pictorial art, simulating that we are at the top of the Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery.
We can't forget the Rome area, with its modernist style benches, the Cover or the Pedrera, which as a whole arouse the one who visits them, a feeling found with history, and as if from a museum it was, discovering in them numerous gadgets and ancient elements that bring us closer to the way of life of the people of yesteryear.
It is worth highlighting the link of Casa Marieta with the life of Dalí ...
... and his wife Gala which are reflected in photographs dedicated to the Restaurant, even the detail of the departure of their wedding celebrated in Sant Martí Vell (a town very close to Girona), along with many others that can be seen in our facilities.
Presiding over the main room, we will find an impressive wooden altarpiece that wraps it, with carvings of historical figures and typical locations of the demarcation, starting the tour with the imposing presence of the Cathedral and San Félix, presided over by the patron saint of the city, Sant Narcís.
Noble materials, wood and stone from the nearby mountains, metal forging and ancient utensils, are within the reach of those who visit them, in constant union with the history of Girona.
Currently, the Centennial Restaurant Casa Marieta, continues being a pillar of the catalan and market cuisine, highlighting some typical dishes, among others of its classics, such as Duck with Pears, Baked Lamb Back, Sirloin with Foie or Fish "Suquet" (fishermen's recipe), presented by a team with a willingness to serve, attentive and close..
In recent years Casa Marieta is projected as a reference for Associations and Tourist Boards, as well as numerous and recognized entities that name it as one of the favorites to enjoy the history and gastronomy of this beautiful city, Girona.