- Don Francesco has links with Don Pepe, a chain of pizzerias in the city. The restaurant serves Italian food, but also is packed out at lunchtime (the main mealtime in Hungary) with workers who enjoy the daily menus which are Italian but with a Hungarian tinge. Well-established and popular with locals. Enormous care and attention has gone into the tasteful and thoughtful interior decoration. The painted dome ceiling shows plump, naked cherubs frolicking, all pink with health. The metal chairs are covered in verdigris in that fashionable gothic curlicued style that is so popular in trendy bars these days. The chandelier is also in the same style, recalling a medieval castle's fixtures and fittings. On one side is a fresco showing an elegant thin building towering above the Sorrento coastline and in the distance the bay of Naples and mount Vesuvius, covered in snow. The thick turkey ragout soup with tarragon from the daily menu is a good meaty broth base. Another menu item, grilled pork medallions served with herb butter, fried circles of potato and little salad garnish is a winner. However, you should really try the pizzas here - one of the best pastry crusts in Budapest, light and floury with cheese and tomato topping bubbling up at the sides. The Don is excellent value for the money.
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