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“Different and odd, but surpisingly nice”
Review of Casa Sofia

Casa Sofia
Price range: US$5 - US$10
Cuisines: Italian, International
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Authentic and traditional Italian cuisine comes together at Casa Sofia's restaurant. Join us for an open-air relaxing dining experience surrounded by an eclectic decor, lush gardens and a very unique architecture for Belize. Savor the pure flavors of homegrown fruits, vegetables and garden herbs that we grow ourselves; try our made-to-order Sicilian pizzas, our braised or grilled local meats and fish or simply indulge in one of our many signature sauces paired with any of our handmade pastas of choice. Then, relax and let us treat you to the perfect selection of wines to compliment your meal and dining experience. "Good Food, Good Times, Good Friends" BAR-LOUNGE After a day of Belize excursions or a long week at work, our Bar-Lounge area is the perfect place to relax and meet new people. We offer a selection of fine wines; ice cold local beers and classic cocktails including favorites such as martinis and daiquiris, as well as our very own signature drinks. ACCOMMODATIONS At Casa Sofia Inn we are dedicated to providing you with the best experience possible. Our accommodations are one-of-a-kind and were designed by co-owner Luigi Lungarini. Cayo is blessed with a bit of everything for everyone and not all that is beautiful resides outdoors at our place. Enjoy the comfort of one of our five rooms all designed with their own spacious private bath and each offering their own very unique flair and countless details. Casa Sofia Inn is an eclectic experience and redefined way of traveling to the villages of Belize. We provide a restful, comfortable and affordable place to stay while experiencing Unitedville picturesque village of rolling hills. Although our establishment is located outside of the city boundaries of San Ignacio and Belmopan, we are very accessible by public bus or by vehicle and within close proximity to all major attractions the Cayo district has to offer. Our rooms and amenities were planned with your ultimate comfort in mind and our friendly staff will ensure that all of your special requests are met. From room service to planning a last minute excursion, we will provide the best possible services and experience.
Reviewed 5 July 2017

At Casa Sofia, expect to wait for your food, even if you are the only table there. The homemade lasagna and pastas with homemade sauces (with 3 meats) are good. I have had both lunch & dinner there several times and the portion size is big at this place. Homemade gnocchi and ravioli also taste nice, but its not authentic Italian as you would expect, more like as best as can be made with local ingredients by the owner - but still tastes good, which always amazes me. The food is the adventurous side of the experience, it doesn't look like what you expect but its taste is pleasantly surprising. Somehow the flavours work even on the pizza.

The decor in the restaurant is surprising at first and truly takes getting used to - the place is eclectic and lacks lighting, most sculptures and some furniture is made by the owner - everything seems out of place, but it somehow works.. The restaurant is not enclosed - so if you go at night, take bug spray. Regardless of the amount of people in the restaurant or at the bar, service will be slow and you may need to remind the friendly staff a bit.

My husband likes this place, he says its fun, the owner is friendly with good conversation, the music is good, and the wine is always good. If you decide to stop of Casa Sofia, plan to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening (minimum 2 hours) and always ask advice on what is good off the menu. I always get the recommended option from the owner, which may be why i have never had a bad meal.. and if he says it is spicy, it is really spicy. Finally, you can skip dessert- consistency is not there, sometimes its good, sometimes bad.. do what my husband does and order a small pizza with caramelized onions or coffee.

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Thank Drama G
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Reviewed 19 May 2017

We arrived prior to opening and the owner was kind enough to open up. He served us some drinks at the bar and excused himself to get started for the evening. We had beers and played chess while we relaxed. We had goat cheese and fresh bread, lasagne, spaghetti carbonara, and limoncello. Everything was excellent and well timed.

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Thank Shaynie S
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

I wanted to love this place so badly. We stopped in here for dinner one night after a very long day of adventure. This place looks absolutely amazing. The building, the fountains, the sculptures, we were all blown away. The owner, Luigi, was very friendly and welcoming. He told us they had an appetizer of fried sweet potato with mozzerella cheese inside and assured us they were fresh and delicious, so we ordered that. He also told us he had made fresh fettuccine that day and made it sound so good. Two of us ordered carbonara, one of us a vodka sauce, and one of us meat sauce, all with the fettuccine.

We got some drinks and wandered around while waiting for our food. We waited what seemed like a very long time for our apps. There were two men at the bar drinking, but we were the only table for dinner. The sweet potato balls came out and we immediately realized that they were frozen in the middle. Absolutely, stone-cold frozen. It took a very long time for Luigi, who was also cooking, to come back and when we did we told him about the frozen balls. He actually put the frozen cores back in the fryer and made us a third ball that he assured us was definitely cooked this time. Well, it was absolutely burnt to heck on the outside but still frozen inside! These were huge and there is just no way that they could cook through being so frozen without being burned.

Then we waited about an hour for our food. Two of us asked for more beer when we told him about the first frozen balls. When he dropped off the burnt one, he left two empty beer bottles from another table on our table, gross! And he never got us any more drinks. He actually tried to charge us for the empty beer bottles he left on our table.

We finally got our food, and right away he made one of the carbonaras an alfredo. At this point we were too hungry to care. The meat sauce and vodka sauce were underwhelming. I had the carbonara and it tasted like one of those $1 Knorr's side dishes you get in the supermarket. The alfredo was just disgusting. At this point we were all just wanting to get the heck out of this place.

He brought us the check, left the table, and when we opened it, there was no check. Just the folder. We asked for the check and he asked us if we had lost it! Turns out he dropped it in the kitchen. At this point I started laughing so much I was crying a little. It was just a comedy of errors start to finish. What an unmitigated disaster. Luigi was very nice, but the food was unforgivably bad and I would hate for anyone else to waste their time and money on this place when you can get better street food in about 5 minutes.

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Thank Jillian J
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Think church decor meets Italian villa and Zen garden. Personable owner from Sicily who runs the whole place and caters to his people. He built this place over a long time and still has phases under construction. Luigi is awesome conversationalist.

Many expat from other countries come in and have great stories too.

This is third world folks so for a place in that space its a great stay. Its an old world charmer with a Sicilian touch. Food is goodwith many ingredients made from scratch.

Thank Wes S
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Reviewed 26 January 2017

Spent two nights here. The owner, Luigi, is a character. Proud Italian with stories to tell, engage in a conversation and learn about the hidden gems in the region. He cooks and runs the lower/main area. Focused on your safety. Great brick-oven pizza. If the brick oven is extremely hot, ask him to not burn the bottom crust. Didn't try the pasta but he says it's great.

We stayed in room #2. Bed was fine. The bathroom was fine, though remember, you're in-land / jungle, there are a few bugs around. He could do a better job cleaning the shower stall of them - but...eh, no biggie. No shampoo provided. The main issue w/ the room was the A/C. It was a window-unit. It chilled the room but was extremely loud.

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Thank Eric V
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