Fausto’s Ristorante, which opened in 1994, is a classic fine dining restaurant in Budapest with a hat-tip to northern Italian fare. Forget pizza and Caprese salad; here scallops, foie gras, flatfish, and venison loin are the lingua franca. A couple of egg pasta and risotto are also available, made with deliciously rich sauces.
The decor is traditional fine dining: soft background music is playing in the background of the dimly lit dining room, which has only a dozen tables, all set with heavy linen tablecloths. Under the vigilant eyes of owner Fausto Di Vora, always dressed in a chef's coat, an army of waiters quietly scurry around the tables that tend to fill up on Friday and Saturday evenings with well-heeled tourists and local businesspeople.
Be sure to bring a full wallet as you can easily rack up a bill for the equivalent of €65 per person for a three-course a la carte meal, even without a glass of the top Hungarian and Italian wines available here. This makes Fausto's particularly pricey compared with other tasting menu restaurants in Budapest. Osteria, on the other side of the dining room, is a cheaper, more laid-back alternative, serving a €15 three-course lunch prix fixe.