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Heading for San Sebastián? Top spots for wine and pintxos
The chroniclers of the time wrote about how actress Rita Hayworth, during her first visit to San Sebastián in 1950, had lunch in the now defunct Salduba restaurant. She must have enjoyed what she ate, because she revisited the locale a few years later, but it seems unlikely that she ever tried the Gilda. According to the local legend, this pintxo was invented around that time in restaurant Casa Vallés, also in the Basque city.
The name Gilda stuck because the pintxo was, according to their inventors, “saucy and a little bit spicy”, like the main character of the eponymous 1946 film. Almost 70 years later, Gildas are still a classic pintxo in San Sebastian —tradition dictates that they are made with cured anchovies, olives and green chilli peppers sprayed with good quality olive oil.