Finding The Dolce Vita Feeling in the Heart of Europe

Finding The Dolce Vita Feeling in the Heart of Europe

There are very few restaurants in Europe that pay homage to Italian culinary traditions as well as Trattoria Pomo D’oro in Budapest. Apart from the excellent dishes which encapsulate the very essence of the gastronomy of Apennine Peninsula, it is the attention to every minute detail, the unique atmosphere, and friendly service that create the true Dolce Vita feeling in the heart of the continent.

Walking down Arany János street in Budapest, it is quite hard not to notice Trattoria Pomo D’oro, with its characteristic streetfront reminiscent of a quaint little restaurant in an Italian town. Stepping in, the vision of owner Gianni Annoni, who was born and raised in Italy and came to Hungary in the 1990s, becomes clear in an instant, as the rustic, wood-dominated interior comes to the forefront. The name Pomo D’oro, in this form, means “golden apple”, however, when it is written as one single word, it pays tribute to perhaps the most iconic ingredient of Italian cuisine: the tomato.

While honoring traditions, the restaurant puts significant emphasis on originality too. Rosario, Pomo D’oro’s head chef, prepares a number of dishes from his own collection of recipes. The menu, with specialties such as “Sage fettucce pasta with goose liver and morel” and “Black risotto in Venetian style, with grappa-seasoned squid and chive oil”, always contains some surprises, be it varieties of mushroom, fresh fish and seafood, or seasonal vegetables. Pomo D’oro caters to wine-lovers as well, keeping thirty different kinds of wines open from their variety of over a hundred different bottles, selected carefully from the very best of Italian and local wines.

However, the culinary adventure does not stop here. Trattoria Pomo D’oro also has a classic wood-fired oven, and a dedicated pizza chef, Tommaso, who makes traditional, thin-crust Italian pizzas with the use of the very best ingredients. Perhaps the biggest spectacle, however, is when you order one of the special dishes that gets made in the dining area, where guests can enjoy the tunes played by a live band every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

This unique experience, and high standards held by the restaurant have gained considerable international recognition in recent years. In fact, Trattoria Pomo D’oro became the very first restaurant in Hungary to receive the plaque of patronage from the Italian Chef Association, which is handed out based on stringent requirement.

So, if you are looking for a little piece of Dolce Vita amidst the historical beauty in Budapest, make sure to keep Trattoria Pomo D’oro, with its splendind homage to Italian culinary traditions, in mind. There are very few restaurants outside Italy which celebrate the country’s culinary heritage in such an authentic way.

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