Ristorante Krizia

Opened in 1997 by owner-chef Graziano Cattaneo, an Italian native from Lombardy, Krizia comes closest in Budapest to offering a true-to-Italy ristorante experience. The place is located inside an elegant below-ground space on a quiet street in Budapest's District 6, near the city center. The snug restaurant has less than a dozen tables—all of them covered in white linen—and adorably ceremonial servers, especially the older of the two long-time waiters.

The menu features typical northern Italian dishes like lasagne (€8) and tortelloni, the latter also available with a foie gras-filling in case you'd like a special treat (€12). I also enjoy Krizia's perfectly creamy risotto (€10)—eat it with a spoon—and the sliced filet mignon with porcini mushrooms and a side of stracchino cheese-infused polenta (€22). The wine list comprises everything from Lambrusco to Chianti, Barbaresco, and Brunello, and also Hungarian bottles. You can round out your meal in Italian style with a splash of Fernet or some other kind of amaro.

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