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Celebrate National Empanada Day at Unidos on April 8th


Two kinds of the globally cherished savory-filled pastries featured at Latin-fusion restaurant in Naples


For families with Latin heritage, like Unidos Latin Kitchen + Bar owners Carlos Angel and Sal Muñoz, making empanadas was more than just cooking; it was a cultural tradition deeply woven into their family fabric.


“I grew up watching my grandmother make hundreds of empanadas for our family gatherings,” says Muñoz, reminiscing about cherished moments. Continuing the legacy, the Latin-fusion restaurant will celebrate National Empanada Day on Monday, April 8th, by offering guests two kinds of the globally cherished pastries at its downtown Naples, Fla. location.


Empanadas, a staple in Latin American culinary traditions, are sweet-or-savory palm-sized turnovers featuring delicious combinations of fillings encased in a golden, flaky crust. The name ‘empanada’ comes from the Spanish verb “empanar,” meaning “to bread.”


At Unidos, the art of crafting empanadas reaches a new level. Unlike the fried, masa-based variety most commonly found in Mexico, Unidos presents a unique approach. Executive chef Melina Martinez has refined a recipe that uses wheat flour and butter, baking the empanadas to a flaky perfection reminiscent of Central or South American styles. This hybrid style not only pays homage to tradition but also introduces a delightful twist that elevates the dining experience.


The Verdura Empanadas ($12) offer a vegetarian delight, featuring two empanadas filled with spinach, garlic, and a blend of Chihuahua and Oaxaca cheeses, served with a side of Chimichurri Aioli. For those craving a heartier option, the Unidos Empanadas ($12) deliver a burst of flavor with shredded beef, sweet plantains, and Chihuahua cheese, also accompanied by a delectable Chimichurri Aioli.


“We take pride in our commitment to providing a genuine taste of Latin America at Unidos – honoring tradition while embracing innovation,” says co-owner Angel. “Our empanadas are a testament to this commitment, blending authenticity with a creative twist.”


Whether you're seeking a culinary adventure or simply craving a taste of home, Unidos invites you to join in the celebration of National Empanada Day on April 8th. Immerse yourself in the rich flavors and cultural heritage that define this beloved Latin American dish.

For more information and reservations, visit Unidos Latin Kitchen + Bar or call (239) 331-3668.

Embrace the spirit of unity and flavor at Unidos, where every bite tells a story of tradition, innovation, and the vibrant tapestry of Latin cuisine.


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