“Food is our common ground, a universal experience” James Beard
The menu at Al Lago brings the traditional Spanish kitchen into the modern day with an emphasis on lighter, fresher local produce prepared with the influences of our backgrounds; The chef Stefan Crites (Stefan’s blog), a native of Columbus Ohio, earned his chef stripes in the kitchens of New York for 15 years. His wife Mona, who manages the restaurant and hotel, is a former textile designer who grew up in England of Indian and Pakistani parentage.
Andalucia itself is a rich patchwork of cultures and people. The Moors made a huge impact on the architecture of the area and introduced orange trees, whose blossom, azahar (Arabic name) was the original name of Zahara, the village in which Al lago sits.