Fausto’s Ristorante and Osteria

Fausto’s Ristorante, which opened in 1994, is a classic fine dining restaurant in Budapest that pays respect to northern Italian cuisine. Instead of a Caprese salad- and pizza-dominated menu, they serve meticulously plated dishes made from a host of expensive ingredients like scallops, flatfish, and venison loin. For those looking for simpler Italian fare, a couple of pasta options are also available: tagliatelle and risotto plates with rich, heavy sauces.

Fausto's hushed dining room comes with heavy linen tablecloths, dim lighting, and soft background music. Under the vigilant eyes of owner Fausto Di Vora, always dressed in a chef's coat, an army of waiters quietly scurry around the dozen or so tables that tend to fill up on Friday and Saturday evenings with well-heeled tourists and local business people.

Be sure to bring a full wallet to Fausto's as their prices are among the highest in Budapest: you can easily rack up a bill for the equivalent of €60 per person after a three-course a la carte meal not even including alcohol. This makes Fausto's particularly pricey compared with other tasting menu restaurants in Budapest whose dishes often exceed Fausto's level of sophistication.

Osteria, located on the left side of the entrance and operating under the same umbrella brand, is a somewhat cheaper, more laid-back alternative with a reasonably-priced (€12) three-course lunch prix fixe.