TG Italiano Budapest

TG Italiano is an upper-middle priced Italian restaurant located on a highly-touristed downtown street in Budapest. The chic, spacious interior complete with an outdoor terrace (heated and covered in the colder months) is a tourist-favorite thanks to its central location and reliable dishes.

TG Italiano serves pan-Italian classics including everything from caprese salad to bolognese with home made pappardelle and wood-oven pizzas. They use a charcoal grill to prepare some of the food of which the branzino fish and the sliced sirloin blanketed in parmesan and arugula were my favorites. For those with a sweet tooth and some stomach space saved, be sure to get the torta della nonna, a custard-filled Tuscan indulgence that arrives in a sea of vanilla creme anglaise at TG.

Overall, the food at TG Italiano isn’t going to blow your mind, but it's one of those high-turnover restaurants with reliable dishes and a kind service. In addition, there's a long wine list of both Italian and Hungarian bottles. It can get crowded, so be sure to book early, and ask for a table on the outdoor patio if you enjoy people-watching during your meal.