If you like the taste of a delicious fresh pasta and accidentally or not, you have come to one of the addresses of La Pasta, you may have met the ever-smiling Florian. 15 years ago he met his wife in Sofia and decided to stay in Bulgaria. Over time, he was getting on with her brother, Dimitar, and quite casually at a dinner while preparing a favorite recipe, they have the idea to do something new. For more than 3 years, La Pasta is a favorite place for all of us who love Italian cuisine, and today Florian will reveal a little more about his favorite places in the city under the hills in our mini questionnaire:
When friends visit Plovdiv for first time we go to...Typical tourist sites of the city, the Old town, the Main Street, Kapana ... But I also love to take them to the small streets around Bunardzhik Park, where I live.
When it’s party time I go to...Kapana. I really love to start the evening in Cat and Mouse and later on go to No Sense. From curiosity, I also try to take them to a chalga bar once, but only once... forever. Also, if there is a concert in Bee Bop, we can stop there too.
The most underrated place in Plovdiv is...I know a lot of overrated places for sure. For underrated places, this is a matter of discretion, and maybe I don’t go there at the moment when people come. So, it may seem that some places aren’t popular but that may not be the case. There is no way I can answer this question.
A place in Plovdiv that always wows people is...Due to the humdrum everyday life in Plovdiv, we almost never climb the hills and we forget that there is a lot of displacement in the city. We stand in the straight. When climbing with the "tourists" on Nebet Tepe, I am always impressed by the view to the other hills. They give the city a unique charm and wonder why we don’t visit them more often.
For a delicious food I usually go to...There are many places that offer delicious food. I like to eat lamb in Pavaj, but they only have it around Gergiovden. I also love to eat the adana kebab in Pasha.
The coolest place in town is...I can’t state a specific location. I love places with a back garden and good food like Vivaldi. I also love Monroe's garden.
My alternative route in Plovdiv is…Sometimes I run from hill to hill. I walk along Bunardzhika on the small forest roads, then pass the fire station to the hill of the clock tower (I don’t know what it’s called), go to the Old town and go back through the riverside. Another way to seize your city...
My least favorite thing in Plovdiv...THE HEAT in the summer. I remember last year at 11am walking around the Main Street and seeing all the people going only to the left under the shadow. I come from the ocean coast in France and we are used to cool summers there. Average summer temperature is about 23 degrees. Here, in the summer, I can’t stand it without air conditioning.