A brilliant Italian restaurant in downtown Budapest!
Until now I was absolutely convinced that Trattoria Toscana is the best Italian restaurant in Budapest but since I have been to Il Terzo Cerchio in Budapest I have am not sure anymore. Il Terzo Cerchio is a super cosy and authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Budapest, located in Dohány utca in the the 7th district. Next to the really superb food and drinks they have there the ambience is what makes a big difference. As you can see on the picture Il Terzo Cerchio is kept in a nice mediterranean style.
Of course that does not yet make a superb Italian restaurant so lets have a look in the menu which is stuffed with fantastic food, freshly prepared and really authentic. You can find here from Northern Italian food to Southern Italian food everything your appetite desires. From well known dishes such as Pizza and Pasta as well as the Caprese salad over to meat and fish dishes you will get it, even fresh lobster.
As starters you have classics like Minestrone Soup, Parma Ham or Caprese made from Buffalo Mozzerella (thats how it should be) and a lot more to chose from. Of course you can also, as traditionally done in Italy, eat some pasta as a starter and chose from classics such as Spaghetti Carbonara or Lasagne even though I think that the portions are rather meant to be main courses. One highlight is for sure the Pizza in Il Terzo Cerchio because it is made in a stone oven with real fire and not in the pan in some big oven so the flavour is simply amazing. The Pizza menu is not too long but something for everybody from Quattro Stagioni to Margeritha and back to Calzone. Also available in Il Terzo Cerchio is a large selection of fresh fish and meat which is also very popular in Italy and in the aquarium, which you can see on the picture on the right, you have lobster waiting for you, living, fresh and for you to chose from. What would an Italian restaurant be without sweet and good deserts, so you have a nice list of classics like Tiramisu or the not so Italian Creme Brulé.
But the heart of Il Terzo Cerchio for sure is the wine list which is almost a bible full of Italian, Hungarian and other international wines. Most of them are just available served in bottles but some of them are open wines as well. The wine list is probably around 100 wines long and truly full of nicely tasting wines.
So if you want to have a nice Italian dinner in the middle of the city and enjoy Southern European food and drinks than I truly recommend to go to Il Terzo Cerchio in Budapest.