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A pincho (Spanish: [ˈpintʃo], literally "thorn" or "spike") or pintxo (Basque: [ˈpintʃo]) is a snack, typically eaten in bars, traditional in northern Spain and especially popular in the Basque country. They are usually eaten in bars or taverns as a small snack.In Basque country they are a cornerstone of local culture and society. They are related to tapas, but are usually 'spiked' with a skewer or toothpick, often to a piece of bread. They are served in individual portions. Pinchos are mistakenly called tapas in some areas.
In Latin America what are brochettes in Basque country are called pinchos. In brochettes, the skewer or toothpick is used to cook the food or keep it together.
Basque pincho 
A typical Basque snack, "pinchos" consist of small slices of bread upon which an ingredient or mixture of ingredients is placed and fastened with a toothpick. Pinchos are usually eaten as an appetizer, accompanied by a small glass of young white wine (called txikito, pronounced [tʃiˈkito]) or beer (zurito, pronounced [s̻uˈɾito] quarter of a pint). Pinchos are also common in other near areas, such as Cantabria, La Rioja, northern Burgos, and Navarre, where a variety are usually served on a tray at the bar.
In this type of pinchos, the toothpick is used to keep ingredients from falling off the bread, as well as to keep track of the number of items that the customer has eaten. Sometimes, differently priced pinchos have toothpicks of different shapes or sizes.
Almost any ingredient can be put on the bread, but those most commonly found in the Basque Country include fish such as hake, cod, anchovy; tortilla de patatas; stuffed peppers; and croquettes. Pinchos can be very sophisticated, sometimes consisting of very elaborate (and sometimes expensive) fish, seafood or meats.
The best pincho taverns are found in San Sebastián (a.k.a. Donostia in Basque), in Guipuzcoa, where some of the most elaborate pinchos can be tasted. The taverns in Bilbao, Biscay are excellent. Vitoria pinchos also come to be valued and sophisticated, which are combined with one of the best red wines of the world.[original research?]
See also 
- Todopintxos. Recipes and pictures of pinchos and tapas.
- Página oficial del Campeonato de Pintxos de Euskadi que se celebra en Fuenterrabía
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