Bottega di Brontolo Ristorante Italiano

Despite what TripAdvisor might tell you, there are plenty of Italian restaurants in Budapest that serve tastier food at lower price points than Bottega di Bontolo. Unfortunately, too many dishes fall short at this downtown restaurant located on a side street off the highly-touristed Váci Street.

To give you a few examples, the in-house fettuccine alla Brontolo (€13) was too dry, in acute need of more buttery sauce. The classic penne al pomodoro contained pieces of chicken that were burning hot, others almost cold - the classic sign of the microwave. Although asked for medium, the filet mignon (€23) came out undercooked, oozing red juice. In the tiramisu (€5), the lady fingers were crunchy, and not integrated in the mascarpone mousse or soaked in coffee and liquor. Two of the better dishes were the branzino crudo (€18) starter, and the seafood linguine (€15).

And then comes the issue of prices. The unremarkable strips of chicken breast with gorgonzola sauce and a side of salad for €17 is excessive, and not only by Budapest standards. To add insult to injury, Bottega di Brontolo belongs to the few Budapest restaurants that refuse to serve tap water. All in all, Bottega di Brontolo's food and service need serious work before it can justify the current price points.