About Sasa Mahr-Batuz | Andy Pforzheimer

Sasa Mahr-Batuz and Andy Pforzheimer

Sasa Mahr-Batuz is the co-founder and creative director of Barteca Restaurant Group. A native of Argentina and a former professional tennis player, he has been in the restaurant business for more than 25 years. He opened Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar in Norwalk, CT in 1996, an award-winning Spanish tapas restaurant which has now expanded to more than six locations. Andy Pforzheimer has worked as a chef and restaurant developer in France, California, and New York City. He lives in Wilton, CT. The Barcelona Cookbook is their first book together. @sasamahrbatuz

A white plate topped with calamari à la plancha -- seared calamari -- with a bottle of wine in the background.

Calamari à la Plancha

Sounds a lot more compelling than “squid cooked over hot coals”! Or, in this case, cast iron skillets. Our recipe tester Sofia swears this is just like what they serve in her native Portugal.

A plate with two dulce de leche crepes filled with whipped cream and topped with chocolate sauce.

Dulce de Leche Crepes

These lovely crepes are filled with homemade dulce de leche and topped with chocolate-coffee sauce and ice cream.