My wife and I have been in Zakopane a number of times, and each time we have tried to make reservations at Bakowo Zohylina Wyznio since we like the cozy, rustic atmosphere. Three out of four times we were successful. A different set of friends accompanied us each time we went, and we all enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and service. The restaurant has a “sister” restaurant (Bakowo Zohylina Niznio), which enjoys a high rating. We have not been there yet; therefore, I cannot comment on it. But I can say that the Wyznio “edition” treated us well. Perhaps treating our private Polish driver to have dinner with us each time was very helpful in the communication and accuracy of our order.
As soon as you step inside this large wood cabin, you feel you stepped back in time, a time of hunters that besides enjoying the fruit of their hunt, they also enjoyed to display their prey and their traditional garb. You are stepping into a trophy room. In the center of the room is a big, round fireplace and on the ceiling and walls an array stuffed birds, wild animals, deer skulls, traditional dress ware, tools, eclectic collections of such items as firemen helmets, holy pictures, even a wall hanging or two from the U.S.
The server is dressed in traditional sheepherder costume and rings a cowbell each time he approaches the table. The tables are long and rustic, as are the benches. Depending on the food selection, some will be served on wooden planks. Each of us ordered different items from the menu, and all enjoyed what we ordered. My selection was wild mushroom soup, potato pancakes, and Russian pierogi -- all very tasty.
The restaurant is located at the foot of the Tatras mountains, where skiing is king. Imagine Blessed Pope John Paul II skiing there as a youth, a young priest, a bishop, and then as cardinal. Imagine also JP II having dinner in this restaurant -- and how much he missed skiing here during his long stay at the Vatican…
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