Over The Tapas, a casually-elegant restaurant in downtown Bozeman, Montana, contributes to the current worldwide resurgence in tapas popularity. This charming eatery offers tapas-style, small plate cuisine fusing Spanish ingredients with international and American flavors, reflecting Spain's similarly complex and cosmopolitan history. Tapas fare originated in Spain - as small bites served with a drink - but has evolved into a sophisticated cuisine of its own. Menu items include made-from-scratch selections combining traditional Spanish empanadas, croquettes, and paellas with internationally inspired lamb sliders, seared duck breast, and lobster tortellini. Complement your meal with a selection from a wine list that includes Sangria and an unmatched selection of Spanish and South American varietals. In addition, enjoy a Montana craft beer on tap or bottled import. The extensive menu also offers a substantial array of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Experience Over the Tapas' fabulous food and stellar service in a fun, intimate environment. Private parties and catering services are available as well.
Tapa means ‘lid’ or ‘cover’ in Spanish. In the early days of tapas, a slice of cheese or ham was placed over your drink, functioning as a lid. There is some debate over why exactly this was done. The most popular explanation is that in Andalusia, Spain, a region well known for their Sherry, the bartenders placed bread or meat over the glasses of Sherry to keep flies from diving into the sweet liquor. The practice soon evolved into the ‘small plates’ style of eating as we know it today.
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