Autumn 1966, Mariano Rodriguez from Spanish Salamanca arrives at Stockholm Central Station. At that time Stockholm is not a place known for eating out. Restaurants mainly provide typical Swedish cuisine with the exception of a few gourmet restaurants that present a more continental style of cooking. Having grown up with his family in the Spanish countryside, where his mother Maria provided celebrations and weddings in the villages with indigenous delicacies, Mariano enjoys spending his spare time in the kitchens of the hotels and restaurants destined to set him on track for his first Swedish job. He dreams of introducing Swedes to the tastes of his home region. Tastes that he himself misses. The Fruity olive oil, savoury olives, or the nutty Pata Negra. So in 1984, when he is offered the opportunity to run a restaurant he realises that he can now finally establish himself in the field of food and cooking, his true passion.
After having started no less than seven restaurants Mariano is ready to take the next step. In 1995 he establishes Viña Española and in 1997 Salmantinos Delikatesser. Both trading in high-quality imports from small-scale producers. Our wines and delicacies are born from passion, combined with genuine craftsmanship and based only on natural raw ingredients. If you can’t find the proprietor Mariano either here or across the street with his beloved goods, then he will most probably be roaming Spain searching for new flavours.
In 2012 Mariano Rodriguez and Salmantinos Delikatesser were honoured by the M. Sandahl Foundation for meritorious development in gastronomy.
In 2014 Mariano Rodriguez received the Spanish State Award for his contributions to Spanish food culture abroad. And Stockholm, thanks to Mariano, became a city where we nowadays can enjoy all the tasty products and ingredients that Spain has to offer.
We are a family business
and that is how we work
with customers and
suppliers, like one big family. The Spanish way!