ONE-THIRD of Slovaks go to a restaurant once a month, and every 10th Slovak eats out once a week.
That is according to a new survey from the TNS SK polling agency, conducted on a sample of 1,017 respondents in December 2006.
Forty percent of respondents said they eat in a restaurant only occasionally, and one-quarter said they never go to a restaurant.
People with a university education eat in restaurants most often. Eating in restaurants is preferred by men and young people.
Prices are the main factor Slovaks use when they select places to eat. Other important considerations are the staff and the interior of a restaurant. It is not important to Slovaks to find a restaurant where they can watch TV, or play darts or billiards. Similarly, the option of paying by card is not a deciding factor.
Sixty percent of Slovaks who visit restaurants like to go to more traditional restaurants, as opposed to the less than five percent who prefer pubs, fast-food restaurants, buffets and luxury restaurants. Twenty percent of respondents prefer pizzerias.
Half of Slovaks prefer Slovak cuisine and 20 percent like pizza and pasta the most. French, Italian and Spanish cuisine, along with the more exotic Chinese, Mexican and Indian food, is becoming more popular among Slovaks. Fast food and vegetarian restaurants are the next most popular.
Traditional Slovak cuisine is most popular among men, people over 40, citizens of villages with a population of less than 2,000, and people with a secondary education. Women, people under 30 and people with only a primary education prefer pizza and pasta.
"As many as 72 percent of people over 60 years prefer Slovak cuisine," said survey manager Peter Badík. "It is a good sign that less than four percent of the population prefer fast food such as hamburgers and chips."
23. Apr 2007 at 0:00