Ibiza Closes, Owners To Divorce

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ibizaA New York Times reviewer called its grilled baby squid “among the most delicious imaginable.”  Wine Spectator and Esquire Magazines also gave it rave reviews. Steven Spielberg, Bette Midler, Denzel Washington  and Harrison Ford are among the celebrities that have dined there.

That temple of New Spanish cuisine, Ibiza, has closed.

The New Haven landmark,  considered to be among the finest Spanish restaurants in the country, unexpectedly closed its doors a week ago, just a month short of  its 18th anniversary.

“There are many personal issues,” said Sonia Blanco, who with her husband Ignacio, owned the restaurant that has earned an enviable reputation over the years for its Spanish cuisine. “We are getting divorced.”

The famed eatery on High Street that has been lauded over the years for its ibiza2Spanish inspired fusion of traditional flavors with new techniques. Perfectly cooked quail, rabbit, seafood, chicken and beef with mouth-watering  foams, purees, sauces and reductions made it a “must eat there” destination for foodies. Its paella menu was legendary and its tapa selections an appetite pleasing draw for students and staff from nearby Yale.

“I am very sad about this,” said Blanco who noted that their other restaurants, Ibiza Tapas Wine Bars in Hamden, Danbury and Northampton, Massachusetts remain open.

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