I used to read a lot of Garfield when I was a kid. So I guess it’s no one’s surprise that I grew up into an “adult” who hates Mondays and loves lasagna. Unfortunately, regardless of where I go in the world there will always be Mondays and Korea is no different. I was horrified to learn that there weren’t any places to get lasagna.
Last month, however, things took a strange turn for the better. For my birthday, I was whisked away to “Jina and Franco Trattoria”, and yes… they serve lasagna.
It might take a little while to find, it’s not a large place and only seats somewhere between 30-40 guests at once but damn is it worth it. We walked in the door just as two guests were leaving and were made to wait outside for a few minutes while they prepped the table. We got in, were seated, and proceeded to enjoy what was one of the better meals I’ve had in Korea. During the duration of our dinner, three couples came and left due to lack of seating. And when the food came out, it was no wonder why.
The food was great (I highly recommend the lasagna and the tiramisu for dessert) and the atmosphere was more than accommodating if you discount the lack of seating. Kitchen itself is open air allowing anyone to look in from their seats and see what the chefs are up to. Staff was a bit stiffer than usual but that might be due to the fact that I didn’t use a single word of Korean while I was there. This time around, we didn’t get a window seat (well not one facing out, one facing the hallway) but I’ll know for next time. The view isn’t spectacular (it just looks out into a street) but with the lighting inside the restaurant and the bright lights from the outside, it looks like it’d be worth the trouble of asking the hostess.
All in all, I am definitely going to be returning with appetite on sleeve. The place has more than enough variety and to keep me occupied for months and the taste to price ratio is good enough to leave me craving for more. If you’re not sure, go ahead and type in “Jina and Franco Trattoria” in Google and you’ll find plenty of reviews out there. Good luck not going after reading those.