Italian cuisine was the popular cuisine type in Bulgaria, constituting majority share by the number of restaurants, followed by International and American cuisines, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. In its menu analysis of Italian cuisine in Bulgaria report, GlobalData analyses 93,440 menu items in Bulgaria and provides an overview of the cuisines available across the foodservice channel in Bulgaria. According to the report, Italian cuisine makes up 47% of all restaurant types in Bulgaria. Buy the report here.

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Cheese was found to be the most-used ingredient in Italian cuisine featuring in 36% of menu items, followed by vegetables and pork. Herbs, spices & seasonings and chicken were also significant ingredients.

An analysis of the annual price change between 2022 and 2023 indicates that the average menu prices in the Italian cuisine remained flat. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Italian cuisine in Bulgaria is expected to experience overall growth.

Different cuisines exhibited mixed price movements within Bulgaria foodservice market between 2022 and 2023. Of all the cuisines, Mexican cuisine exhibited highest price increase, while Mediterranean cuisine experienced a maximum price decrease.

An in-depth analysis of Italian cuisine price trend by location reveals consumption trends of each region. The graph below represents the change in Italian cuisine menu prices during 2021-2023 across the top five locations. As seen below, Italian cuisine menu items in Sofia became more affordable as compared to Stara Zagora and Ruse.

While consumers become more price conscious, operators too, look for ways to optimize their costs to retain margin and market share. In the Bulgarian market, restaurant operators rely on innovation as a crucial tactic to appeal to customers as well as optimize costs. As increasing number of consumers seek novel experiences, foodservice operators must continuously innovate their menu choices, providing superior taste and quality along with a diverse selection of dishes. Operators should highlight the distinctive tastes and flavors of their food and beverage offerings in a convenient format to enhance customer engagement.

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GlobalData’s Online Menu Intelligence is a database of cost and profit foodservice operators on menus within Foodservice Intelligence Center. The tool’s several search options, such as cuisine, category, menu item, ingredient, and restaurant, help users to conduct focused searches in terms of price analysis (average price and change in prices), menu item claims, popular categories, cuisine/ingredient penetration levels, etc.