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I really liked the cosy atmosphere of the place. We were also satisfied with the service: they were fast, attentive and friendly.
However the quality of the food is really disappointing: huge portions but from mainly cheap ingredients. We had a selection of different salamis...and hams, those were sliced only thick but it had nothing to do with taste. Actually the whole restaurant could be described like this: compromised on quality for quantity.
The pasta Bolognese was an enormous portion as well but the meat was not enjoyable in the sauce. Cheap pasta and cheese were used to create that dish.
It is a pity, I think even in Hungary at this small Balaton village people would appreciate more love and quality and more Italy in their food!More
We have visited this restaurant 3 times during a 1 week vacation.
Very nice place with open-air seatings and huge capacity.
The quality of food and the service has been also perfect except one case on August 20, when they probably accepted to receive more...guests, than their capacity and we received the main dish more than 90 minutes after arrival...More
The place was offered by some acquaintances who lives in the area.
It is better to book a table in advance as the restaurant is full in the season.
The food is very good and the service is also great. The prices are still not...crazy high like in some other restaurants around the lake.More
Lot of money, for the nice place, but cheap food, awfull service. Calabrese picante pizza was good, but anything else like minestrone or gluten free pasta... Not enogh for any money, specially not for this value.
This place is a branch of the Spoon boat restaurant on the Pest side of the Danube in Budapest. It is a charming Italian restaurant where, true to Italian style, most of the dining space is outdoors. It has a wide ranging menu which includes...many options for vegetarians and vegans and a gluten free menu as well. The seating spaces allow for good conversation and the decor is (Italian) home like and welcoming. The service is friendly, prompt and attentive. English and German menus are available.
I began my lunch with delicious pomegranate lemonade and a tomato soup rather different from the usual sort of thing. Most of the time it is done as a bisque with basil or pesto Genovese. This one had micro carrots and onions as well which gave the stock more depth, and it contain a ball of mozzarella buffala. It was delicious. My entree was a vegetarian pappardelle. You rarely find pappardelle without a meat sauce of some kind so this was a great and welcome surprise. It was served with parmesan and shavings of black truffle and was served in a bowl (inside a ceramic bowl) made of broiled parmesan. This was a lovely touch. The pasta was hand made and perfectly chewy as it should be. Unfortunately the truffle had lost most of its flavour but it is outside the season. This is a parmesan lover's dream. For dessert I tried a peach crumble with a warm sauce made of pistachios. The fruit base was a peach jam which meant that it didn't have as much texture and flavour as it might have with fresh peaches. And the Lake Balaton area has gorgeous peaches galore. The pistachio cream was good but where peaches are concerned, I think sticking to just cream is a better idea. So I think perhaps the desserts could use some work. It is clear, however, that the cooks enjoy what they are doing and convey some love in the food. (That's why they get 5 stars here.)
This was a lovely lunch and I would go back in a heartbeat. Next time we test the pizza and explore elsewhere in the dessert menu.More
Date of visit: August 2019
Giorgio_KRB, Public Relations at Il Mercato Ristorante e Gelateria, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2019
Dear Stephen P,
Thank you for sharing your experience with our readers and us. The opinion of our guests is important to us, because we are continuously improving our restaurant and our services too based on feedback.
The Il Mercato Team
Just came to my mind to eat something for dinner after a long drive from abroad. Realized that I always wanted to try this restaurant. So we went to this place. The atmosphere is fantastic, the environment is beautiful. The waiters were polite and thoughtful....And the meal were so tasty and delicious. Absolutely satisfied with everything.More
Had a lovely meal in the evening. A nice restaurant with a good menue, first time i have seen an own menue for lactose intolerant people. Service was good and did not take too long even though the place filled up on a Friday evening....There is a lot to chose from on the menue, in all price ranges.More