Walking up to U Pava, I was confused. The exterior was covered in music themed graffiti artwork, and nothing about it screamed “Amazing food! Eat here!” Instead, I saw a place that almost looked sad, like the better days of this restaurant had already come and gone. However, the more I became familiarized with this little restaurant over the many visits I took, the more I came to love the eclectic variety of decorations and food choices, and the more I realized that the best is yet to come for U Pava.
Walking off of the main square of Piestany, Slovakia it is easy to find U Pava. Simply look for the water fountains dancing to music. On the days I wanted to stay outside and enjoy the beauty of these fountains mixed with the bustle of the city, there were a limited number of outdoor tables available. Upon entering the restaurant, I was greeted by a small bar area. Walking further into the restaurant I was met by two levels of seating, both of which are equally appealing. The place is well kept, with pictures of local events through the decades hanging all over the walls. A small tv placed between the bar and the tables shows the local futbal game, but the sound of the game and it’s cheering fans is muted. Instead, a quiet undertone of jazz echos throughout the restaurant.
If visiting this restaurant in the mid-afternoon, your waiter will present you with a selection of coffee, tea, and other afternoon snacks. I prefer the spiced latte, but my mom loves the Bailey’s Irish Cream coffee. If you are looking for a beverage to cool you down in the summer then kofola, a more bitter variation of Coca-Cola, is a wonderful option. Still, if none of these are quite your speed, the restaurant offers of full selections of Coca-Cola products and many different juice options. For adults there is a full cocktail menu that has a variety of colorful and enticing drinks.