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The New Italian Dining Experience for Connoisseurs
A new Italian restaurant concept is opening on October 3, 2018 at the La Terrazza Panorama Restaurant. Chef Iginio Cortello is joining our team at the Arena di Serdica Boutique Hotel to present an authentic Italian dining experience with the finest flavours of exclusive dishes from across Italy blending with the best accents of the Northeastern tradition of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.
Chef Iginio Cortello will lead the new concept with the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients for another fantastic experience for locals and tourists in Sofia. Born in the heart of the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, he is a prominent member of the Italian Chef of the World organization representing Italian cuisine around the world. Also honoured Master Chef of Italian Cuisine by the Italian Academia Barilla, Chef Iginio Cortello has gained personal culinary achievements working in New York, London, Qatar, Bahrain and Dubai.
The region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia is best known for its outstanding white wines and also for being the home of the Prosecco and the Prosciutto di San Daniele dry-cured ham. Famous for worshipping its local traditions and the consistent and respectful way they are passed on to generations, this border area cuisine is also renowned for its delicious mixture of traditional local recipes combined with the influence of the Slavic and Austrian-Hungarian culinary heritage. The regional cuisine accents are also defined by the variety of geographic offerings of the area - from mountain to sea, the preferences change from game, meat, stews, to seafood and a fantastic variety of delicious desserts like the famous Plum Gnocchi.
“We love our traditions, work a lot and drink a lot”, smiles Chef Iginio with a short summary for the most typical features of the people of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
The menu that Chef Iginio Cortello will be introducing at the La Terrazza di Serdica is balanced on exquisite dishes from different parts of Italy touched upon with sophisticated accents form Friuli-Venezia Giulia typical of the season. This autumn you can try the unique mouthwatering Pumpkin Cream Soup with Guanciale and Croutons or the Pumpkin Gnocchi with Butter, Sage and Salty Ricotta Cheese. Highlights include also Red Beet Risotto with Roasted Quail, Beef Tenderloin in Red Wine Sauce garnished with the emblematic Friulian Frico made of potatoes and melted local hard cheese.
The La Terrazza di Serdica will serve dinner in a relaxed and enjoyable evening atmosphere with the outdoor terrace opening prime views of downtown Sofia and the Vitosha Mountain. Fantastic food, gentle music and a fine list of authentic Italian wines, Aperitivo and Digestivo drinks will all be shaping the newest exclusive Italian restaurant located in the Sofia city centre.
Join Chef Iginio Cortello for a glass of Prosecco at the La Terrazza Panorama Restaurant every Monday to Saturday from 6 pm till Midnight!
- Exclusive dining experience with dishes from across Italy
- Northeastern regional cuisine from Friuli Venezia Giulia
- Relaxed evening atmosphere
- Italian wine selection