Last Friday night Vince and I decided to ditch our plans to eat at home and head out to a restaurant for the evening.
There is a pizza restaurant in our complex, Pizza Lachoni, that we’ve been wanting to try since I got here.
Before I even mention the food, I should say that this place has a few things going for it.
Number 1: it’s literally a 5-minute walk from our apartment.
Number 2: Did I mention it’s really close?!
OK. So it’s nearby, but what about the food?
Not fantastic. Not horrible. Definitely a solid B.
I should interject here that I am incredibly hard to please when it comes to pizza. I love the stuff. So I can be quite judgmental on things like toppings and the type of cheese a place uses. Pizza in Bulgaria is never going to be like it is back in the states. I have come to accept that fact. But my quest to find a decent slice continues!
Alrighty, back to the subject…
The restaurant itself is fairly modern and is probably the largest I have been in in Sofia. There are long wooden tables and benches for seating. They aren’t the most comfortable option, especially for couples, but they’d probably be great for larger parties.
There is a large bar and all of the servers are smartly dressed in bright green uniforms.
The menu was HUGE. By far the largest menu I’ve seen in any Bulgarian restaurant. I think some restaurants think that large menus impress diners, but I just think it means they don’t really know what their focus is so they bombard people with every option under the sun (i.e. Cheesecake Factory). I’d much rather have a small menu of items which are expertly prepared than a huge menu of random crap that makes no sense when shoved all together.
While the menu was a behemoth, its one redeeming quality was the better-than-average English translations. Oftentimes I find the English menus in Bulgarian restaurants to be confusing and sometimes downright hilarious.
After wading through about 15 pages of food, I finally settled on the Santa Maria pizza and Vince got the pasta Milano.
The Santa Maria pizza had a white cream sauce base, chicken, tomatoes, bell peppers, spinach, and Bulgaria’s ubiquitous “yellow cheese” (kashkaval).
The pasta Milano featured spaghetti noodles with a cream sauce, ham, mushrooms. yellow cheese, and hazelnuts.
Oh, but not just hazelnuts. WHOLE hazelnuts. It was probably the weirdest thing I have ever seen included in a pasta dish. Hazelnuts are delicious, but on pasta? And whole? Weird.
Both the pizza and pasta were really good, despite a few odd topping choices. The pizza was actually one of the better pies I’ve had in Bulgaria.
The restaurant has a brick oven, which puts it far above a lot of other pizza places I’ve been to here.
We decided to go all out and get dessert. We decided on the “pancake with chocolate mousse.”
Yeah. In my book, that’s a crêpe.
It was OK. Nothing spectacular. Definitely nothing like the absolutely amazing chocolate-covered waffle we had in Veliko Tarnovo.
Overall, we quite enjoyed our experience at Pizza Lachoni and will likely be eating there again.
Per the back of their menu, in addition to their location near us in Druzhba, they have another location in Mladost and one in… Well, I can’t read Bulgarian and Vince is asleep, so if you can figure that first one out, good for you! You clearly speak far more Bulgarian that I do at this point as I can’t even read the friggin’ alphabet yet. I suck…
Sofia friends… Have you tried Pizza Lachoni? If so, what did you think? Any other pizza restaurant recommendations?
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