Ristorante Millennium da Pippo

Ristorante Millennium da Pippo is a reliable Italian restaurant on Andrássy Avenue, Budapest’s most famous street that’s often compared to the Champs-Élysées. The place's interior pulls inspiration from the century-old subway stations located underneath Andrássy (not that you will need a reminder: on the outdoor terrace you can feel the ground slightly shake every time a train passes).

Apart from the usual suspects, the long menu includes some dishes like burrata cheese (€11) and cannoli (€5) that rarely appear elsewhere in Budapest. Pippo flaunts its Sicilian heritage with some excellently-prepared foods from the region such as the vegetarian pasta alla norma (with eggplant and tomato sauce; €10) and the strozzapreti pasta with Sicilian pesto (€10). Although flavorful, the seafood risotto (€13) could use more shrimp, squid, and octopus at the expense of black mussels. Desserts are a highlight—the generously-portioned homemade cannoli, the zabaione, the tiramisu, and the creamy panna cotta (all €5) are all exactly as they should be.

Pippo's service, unfortunately, can be a letdown, and the strict “no tap water” policy certainly doesn’t help endear customers. Price points are on the higher end by Budapest standards: a three-course meal with a glass of wine can easily run to €40 per person, although it's partly justified by the prestigious location.