2 Spaghi Pasta Bar

Run by three Italians, 2 Spaghi is a small pasta shop in Budapest with a simple mission: serve fresh, made-to-order pastas quickly and well. Customers are invited to pair a variety of pasta shapes (fusilli, bucatini, tagliatelle, etc.) with an often-changing list of sauces. On any day, there might be cacio e pepe, carbonara, puttanesca, amatriciana, and aglio, olio e peperoncino sauces listed on the blackboard. The good news is that you can't go wrong with any of them. Most of them cost €10.

Hand-rolled, stuffed pastas like ravioli are also available (go for the spinach-and-ricotta version with a mixed-cheese topping). Gnocchi is made on Thursdays. If you have any stomach space left, try the panna cotta with strawberry sauce (€2), which is light and creamy without being cloyingly sweet.

2 Spaghi is inside Gozsdu Udvar, a tourist-heavy courtyard lined with overpriced bars and restaurants—I can't help thinking that a more distinct location would be fitting for this charming pasta joint. (If you don't like the ambiance, you can also buy some fresh pasta to go.)