Have you heard about Playa’s latest, greatest Italian restaurant? Locals are pretty excited about Casa Sofia and it’s easy to see why.
Located off 5th Avenue, Casa Sofia offers a serene dining experience you won’t find at many restaurants. Still, it’s easily accessible on the airport road, near the entrance to Playacar Phase 2. (The free underground parking is a bonus!)
There’s an air-conditioned section, which is lovely. Most of the tables are arranged outside on the terrace, which is decorated with beautiful glass lanterns and potted plants. It feels like we’re stepping into Italy! With a gorgeous tiled floor, expansive high ceilings and glass display case of fresh pasta, cheeses and desserts—the ambiance is perfect.
Our server is a cheerful guy from Milano. He blends Italian, Spanish and English together in an enthusiastic explanation of the menu.
The “paquete” is a smokin’ hot deal—your choice of pasta noodle and sauce (or forno-baked pizza), served with a glass of red or white wine, and coffee, espresso, latte or cappuccino to finish! All for only 69 pesos (89 pesos after 5pm). The portions are large and the ingredients deliciously fresh.
I’ve visited this restaurant a dozen times, and everything I’ve ordered has been divine. The spinach ravioli is probably my favorite; for the moment! Even my boyfriend (he’s not a huge fan of Italian food), loves the fettuccine alfredo and the thin-crust pepperoni pizza. The lasagna is pretty amazing—it has a subtle, magical flavor that I can’t quite define… Try it and see if you can name the spice!
If you have room for dessert, I recommend the panna cotta and the tiramisu. Scrumptious! You know it’s good when true-blue Italian clients praise it up and down (ie: my roommate Miriam and her possé)!!
You can tell that the owners—a beautiful Italian couple with two kids—take pride in their restaurant. Periodically, they personally visit each table to make sure all are enjoying the experience. (The restaurant is named after their youngest daughter, a curly-haired cutie whose spaghetti-smeared face is featured in their ads!)
The service can be a on the slow side, but if you’ve ever been to Italy, you know it’s the culture to relax and enjoy good food. Meals there are often a 3-hour event! Not that you’ll have to wait that long, but don’t visit this charming restaurant if you’re in a rush.
Check out this fantastic restaurant when you’re in the mood for a true Italian experience. For more info, visit Casa Sofia’s facebook page or the website http://www.playafood.com/restaurants/casa-sofia/
Written by Kelly G.
Photo credit: Tamara Gislason