Run by three Italian natives, 2 Spaghi is a small pasta shop in Budapest with an endearingly simple mission: serve fresh, made-to-order pasta dishes quickly and well. You're 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. You can't go wrong with any of them. They each cost around €10.

Of the stuffed pastas, the ravioli with spinach and ricotta is especially good. On Thursdays, you can also order gnocchi. If you have any stomach space left, round out your meal with a light panna cotta topped with strawberry sauce (€2).

Note that 2 Spaghi is inside Gozsdu Udvar, a tourist-heavy passage lined with overpriced bars and restaurants. I can't help thinking that this charming pasta joint would deserve a more worthy location, but if you don't like the vibes here, you can also just buy some fresh pasta to go.

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