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“Excellent!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Caffe GianMario

Caffe GianMario
Bajcsy-Zsilinszky ut 35, Budapest 1065, Hungary
003612695044
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Ranked #23 of 1,683 Restaurants in Budapest
Price range: $4 - $14
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The only true italian caffetteria in budapest!!! if you want to feel 20 minutes in italy don`t hesitate to visit us. real italian creamy strong coffee, cappuccino, latte macchiato a.s.o. starting from last june we also prepare italian pizza!!!a must for everyone!!!Come and see!!!
1 review
“Excellent!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

A very comfortable restaurant..after a long walking around the cold Budapest city you can immediately see "caffè Gianmario" which encouraged us to go inside..impresion wasn't wrong because inside we found a beautiful sociable atmosphere! They welcomed me, my husband and my friend very well and the same was done for other customers.. The food was very good and tasty, excellent.. Congratulations! Cinzia

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Budapest, Hungary
1 review
“: )”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Wonderful place, incredible tone, proffessional staff, speediness, very delicious food! Everyone supposes to go into this Caffee!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Budapest, Hungary
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A bit of Italy in Budapest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I use to go every morning and evening to this lovely restaurant, in the deep tradition of the Italian trattoria, with this wonderful Mediterranean charm and this Italian soul brought by Giovanni and Mario. Food is excellent, just ask for spaghetti alla Matteo or Pizza alla Matteo for example and you will understand what flavor means.
Always warmly welcomed and nicely served by the smiling girls bringing a piece of sun into a grey working day.
Definitely a place I would recommend to those willing to escape conformist places and looking for places with a real soul.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“as close to Bari as you'll get in Pest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Stopped in for an early (11.30am) lunch with the Magyar wife and our 2 y.o. half breed son; were told that lunch wasn't served til 11.50 (kind of a nice round number for starting lunch, eh?). So in the interim we sat down and ordered a freshly squeezed OJ for the kiddo, a latte machiatto for the wife, and a plain old acua frizzante for me (note to earlier reviewer: if it's THAT big a deal that you got San Benedetto instead of San Pelligrino, then you're pickier than 99.9% of all the Italians that I know, and I know alot of them working for an Italian company stateside)................

Drinks arrived at a leisurely pace, probably due to the time required for the OJ. Problem was, they probably made the latte first and let it sit around for the 11 minutes it took to separate the skins from their nectar, and the temperature of the latte suffered accordingly-by the time they brought it to the table it was lukewarm at best. Hey, stuff happens, right? We asked the waitress (good thing the wife was there as the waitress' English was 'nem yol') to please take it back and warm it up. Which they did, but in the microwave........so as any rookie coffee aficionado will tell you, combining 1800 watts of long wave radiation with milk foam for a couple minutes results in, well, a piping hot liquid with a curdled and congealed mess of milk solids on top. Kinda yucky if you know what I mean. Given the choice of a tepid LIQUID latte and a scalding coffee-like drink with an island of curds on top, I think that most of us will take the former hands down.

But this story has a happy ending ending. (I have to interject here that I've never written a review before, for TA or any other website, and the only reason I'm writing this one is because afore mentioned 2 y.o.son is napping contentedly and the wife is down at the local szalon getting her hair done.) The waitress, after being explained that the proper way to reheat the beverage is to just simply insert the frothing wand into the drink and blast it for a few seconds with steam), took it away and brought a brand spanking new L.M. at the correct temperature--warm enough to heat up your Budapest-in-December cold palms, but not hot enough to prevent a careful sip.

The pastas (spaghetti carbonara and ravioli primavera) were very good, cooked perfectly for me but not the wife (al dente is the way to go but Hunkies like my wife want their pastas practically Chef Boyardee-like in softness), and served with some freshly grated Parmesan on the side. Yummy, just the way Italian is supposed to be, simple dishes cooked simply with the freshest ingredients.

Total damage was a very reasonable 4600 ft, twenty-something Washingtons without the tip with which, by the way and don't let anybody tell you different, any waiter or waitress in Hungary will be happy in the 10% range. Unless of course you want to impress upon Szilvie that you're Mr. Moneybags or want to ask her out later for a drive in your A8..........

As we were bundling up to brave the mean streets of V Kerulet, one of the owners of the shop, the front man Mario (his partner Gianni is the guy in the kitchen, hence the name of the establishment, Caffe Gian Mario) came over to chat. Probably wanted to see who the jerks were who sent the latte back or something. Really nice chap. We wound up buying not one, but TWO Lavazza espresso machines (one for our flat in District 1--our Hungo-made 2 year old no-name unit bought at Saturn finally brewed its last doppo, and one for a gift for the in laws) for a very reasonable price of a little under 30,000 ft each. It included 100 pods each and 2 cups, saucers, and spoons. It was a deal we couldn't refuse, even if it didn't come from a guy named Vito.......

We'll be back to see Mario soon to try the pizzas!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Good for the price!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We chose this place based on Tripadvisor reviews - although almost had second thoughts when looking through the window to a deserted couple of tables! We went it anyway, and were surprised to discover there was a much larger restaurant area out the back which was quite busy!

The pizza was good, freshly made & decent size, & the service was friendly.

Worth a visit if you're in the area.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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