It all started in the early 2000s. We were travelling and had travelled already; we had tasted the authentic Italian food prepared by the local chefs according to the culinary traditions of the region. And somewhere there and then the love story began. We fell in love with the Italian kitchen but it was not a love at first glance.
Before all that we had already tried the Bulgarian take on various Italian dishes and the moment we encountered the originals, was a rude awakening of sorts. There were scarcely any restaurants which could prepare a decent risotto or spaghetti. On the other hand, there were numerous places with Italian inspired menus, with pseudo Italian chefs speculating with the ignorance of the locals.