The best Italian restaurants in Sofia you should try

The best Italian restaurants in Sofia

Is there a stronger way to say “I love Italian food”?  This is my all time favourite food, especially pasta. I can eat pasta every day and that’s what I did during my trip to Rome. I barely touched any other food like pizza or chicken. The most delicious pasta in Rome that I tried was in La Fraschetta di Castel Sant’Angelo.

Since I came back from my trip to Italy I was searching for a place in Sofia where I can taste again the delicious Italian food. It appears that there are few good places where you can try Italian food. Some of them are even founded by Italians and they make no compromise with the quality of the food.

Check out my list to find out the best Italian restaurants in Sofia that you should try.

Bistro Pesto

Address: 13 Angel Kanchev Str., Sofia
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

It is a small place tucked away on the corner of Angel Kanchev Str. and Dr. Georgi Valkovich Str. In the winter when there are no tables outside you can easily pass along it without even noticing it. Don’t do this mistake. The pasta here is to die for.

The bistro was opened in 2014 by Mario, an Italian from Genoa. He named it “Pesto”, because his home, Genoa, is the original home of the pesto alla genovese.

The bistro is specialised in Panini sandwiches and they offer about 25 different kinds. I have to say that I have never tried them, I always come for the pasta.

They prepare the salads from 50% vegetables and 50% fruits. It’s an interesting and tasty combination.

Salad
Salad

The pasta is not on the printed menu: you choose the type of the pasta and then the sauce. They will tell you what is available at the moment.

My favourite pasta here is tortellini with tomato sauce and meat.

Tortellini with tomato sauce and meat
Tortellini with tomato sauce and meat

To finish your dinner properly, they offer a profiterole as a compliment.

Pastorant

Address: 16 Tsar Asen Str., Sofia
Opening hours: Daily 12:00 PM – 10:30 PM

I can say that Pastorant together with Bistro Pesto are the best Italian restaurants in Sofia. The name of the restaurant comes from the word “Pasta”. Probably it is connected to the great selection of pasta with awfully tasty sauces they offer.

Tagliatelle with mushrooms and prosciutto
Tagliatelle with mushrooms and prosciutto
Spaghetti with dried tomatoes and prosciutto
Spaghetti with dried tomatoes and prosciutto

Their bruschettas are also something not to be missed. My favourite one is with veal and tomatoes.

Bruschettas with veal and tomatoes
Bruschettas with veal and tomatoes

As a compliment they serve tap water (something that’s not common in Bulgaria) and homemade feta-cheese bread rolls. I am in love with their bread rolls. They taste exactly as the ones that my grandmother used to make when I was little.

Forno Cipollini

Address: see the map
Opening hours: Daily 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM

If you want to try some pizza for a change, go to Forno Cipollini. The restaurant is founded by Angelo Cipollini, an Italian from Tuscany and they offer the best Italian pizzas in Sofia.

The name of the restaurant means “Oven Cipollini”. Their pizzas are thin and crispy and baked on oak wood. The pizza comes in one size – enormous, but as it is very thin you won’t have any problem to make short work of it.

Ventricina - tomato sauce, mozzarella fior di latte, ventricina (spicy salami)
Ventricina – tomato sauce, mozzarella fior di latte, ventricina (spicy salami)

There are two Forno Cipollini Italian restaurants in Sofia (for more details see the map at the end of the post).

Please note the oven doesn’t work between 03:00 PM and 07:00 PM. So if you are going for the pizzas avoid this time.

Of course I didn’t miss to try the pasta, too.

Spaghetti with tomato sauce and prosciutto
Spaghetti with tomato sauce and prosciutto

And the desserts..

Biscuit cake with mascarpone
Biscuit cake with mascarpone
Lemon cheesecake
Lemon cheesecake
Tiramisu
Tiramisu

La Bottega

See the map at the end of the post for the exact locations and opening hours.

I not only love to eat pasta but I love to prepare it for dinner. To cook really delicious pasta you need original and quality Italian products. And here comes – La Bottega.

In Italy the places which are both restaurants and small shops are called “bottega”. There are 5 La Bottega Italian restaurants in Sofia: La Bottega Prima, La Bottega Centro, La Bottega all’Angolo, La Bottega Due Piani and La Bottega al Vicolo.

I never miss the antipasto, especially if I visit a new place.

Tartine with prosciutto crudo, roasted pepper and mushrooms
Tartine with prosciutto crudo, roasted pepper and mushrooms
Tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms
Tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms
Risotto with chicken, mushrooms and parmesan
Risotto with chicken, mushrooms and parmesan

It is not only a place where you can try some great Italian food, but also a place where you can buy Italian products to prepare your favourite meals at home. There you can find various Italian wines, pasta, salami and of course my favourite one – Pecorino cheese. I fell in love with it in Rome and since then I always prepare the pasta with it, not with Parmesan cheese.

La Pastaria

Address: Dragan Tsankov Blvd., Sopharma Business Towers, Sofia
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

This was the first Italian restaurant I have visited in Sofia. Although I found few great places since then, I love to visit this particular one from time to time. It’s not only because I am in love with their zucchini with lemon aioli, but also because their fresh pasta is so tasty.

Crispy zucchini with lemon aioli
Crispy zucchini with lemon aioli
Tagliatelle veal ragout and mushrooms
Tagliatelle veal ragout and mushrooms
Brulee tart with fresh strawberries
Brulee tart with fresh strawberries

The restaurant is located in the Sopharma Business Towers. It is a little far away from the city center but close to the underground. They have a little shop in the restaurant, so you can buy some prosciutto or Italian wine for home.

Trattoria Giorgio

Address: 58 Vitosha Blvd, Sofia
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

It is a small place located on the famous Vitosha Blvd. right in the city center. Trattoria in Italian means a place less formal than a restaurant. This is exactly what trattoria Giorgio is – a great place to stop after work for a glass (or two) of Italian wine. Don’t forget to accompany the wine with some cheese and prosciutto.

As you may guess I came here for the pasta and some bruschettas.

Bruschettas with tomatoes and mozzarella
Bruschettas with tomatoes and mozzarella
Spaghetti alla Bolognese
Spaghetti alla Bolognese
Tagliatelle vitello e porcini
Tagliatelle vitello e porcini

Map of the best Italian restaurants in Sofia

Save this article offline and read it during your trip by installing the GPSmyCity app.

Have you been to any of the best Italian restaurants in Sofia? Which is your favourite one?

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on Google+Share on LinkedIn

One Reply to “The best Italian restaurants in Sofia you should try”

  1. One of my favorite European destinations. Hope one day I will explore this city 🙂

Leave a Reply