Porcellino Grasso Ristorante
Porcellino Grasso is a popular Italian restaurant on Rózsadomb (Rose Hill), the most exclusive neighborhood on the Buda side of Budapest, if not the whole city. Accordingly, grand, secluded villas line the streets surrounding the restaurant. While Porcellino serves reliable Italian comfort food, I’m hard-pressed to single out any one dish that would make it worth crossing the Danube from Pest. So, it’s fitting that most patrons are local residents at this spacious, two-story restaurant boasting a sizeable outdoor patio and even a private playground for small children.
Among the better dishes are the tomato bruschetta (€5), the wood-oven pizzas, and the seafood spaghetti (€15). Notwithstanding the tableside spectacle, the salt-crusted branzino sea bass came out a bit dry (€20), the flavors in the “Livorno” fish soup never came together, and the tiramisu and the panna cotta left little impression. Given the pretty hillside location, the attentive service staff, and the deep wine list, Porcellino could easily become a sought-after destination for Italian food fans in Budapest, but first the kitchen needs to put out more convincing flavors.