You know when sometimes you kind of “re-discover” a part of your own city? As if a light’s been switched on, a quarter you’ve been mindlessly passing by starts revealing its treasures, rearranging completely your intimate map of the area? That, my friends, has been happening to me lately with Slavija Square. Usually, I would just rush through its eternal traffic chaos on my way to somewhere interesting. Now, it’s a home of a few strong favorites of mine.
When a friend took me to a place he was sure I’d love, the fact we headed to Slavija came as the first in a series of surprises. There was also the garden, surreally secluded and silent, with hammocks, trees, and all. There was a couple of the cutest dogs. And then, there was the interior: so cozy you immediately feel like home and want to jump into the comfortable couch without a worry in the world, asking what’s for lunch. Which is just as well, since the menu offers tasty and authentic Italian bites, made according to the family recipes, and an extensive list of cocktails they are very proud of. The very friendly owners, young Italian-Serbian couple, are just a cherry on top, making you feel instantly welcome.
I love having friends over at my place, but I catch myself more and more “inviting” them over to Kaste: after all, the name means “at home” in South-Italian slang. Plus, the delicious “parmigiana”: you won’t find that in my fridge!