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Trip Report- Venice, Prague and Budapest

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VENICE-

Osteria Alla Frasca- Di Loreto Mehdy 5176-Cannaregio- 041-528-5433- We really liked this place. Hard to find, paper napkins, no menu and really good food. Really good seafood platter for a starter. Seafood lasagna was great. Bill was 68 Euros. Neighborhood type place.

Corte Sconta- Calle del Pestrin 3886-Castello- 041-522-7024- We got the tasting menu as recommended by the waiter. Seafood was the feature and was very good but we thought our pasta course was excellent. Fun staff and a nice tableside preperation of some of the fish dishes. Thumbs up. Bill was 193 Euros.

Antica Birraria La Corte- San Palo 2168- 041-275-0570- We decicided to take a break from seafood so we went in search of pizza. This was a great find. An old 19th century beer factory that was reopened in 1998 as this restaurant. Believe it or not, this was the most local scene. Big variety of pizzas that were really good along with a full menu. Place was loud and packed with Venetians enjoying food without a head or a tail. Also, beer in tall glasses.

DaLuca E Fred- Rio T. San Leonardo 1518 Cannaregio- Great place for lunch or cicchetti as they call it. Go hungry because there is a huge selection of goodies. It is on a great street, so sit outside stuff your face and watch the people. Two glasses of wine and nine selections for 18 Euros. Great deal.

PRAGUE-

Lary Fary- Dlouha 30 Praha 1- 420-222-320-154- This place is part of the Kolkovna restaurant group and is on par with anything similiar in any big U.S. city. Good food, great service and beautiful decor. Bill was $88.00 USD.

Aromi- Manesova 78 Praha 2- 420-222-713-222- Great Italian restaurant. Food was great, staff was great and the deocr is great. Interesting tableside presentation of all of fish specials of the day. Fried scmorza cheese with proscuitto and pumpkin ravioli with clams were memorable. Cappuccino creme brule with cantucci cookies was pure heaven. Take the green metro line to the Jiriho z Podebrad stop. As an added bonus the Prague tv tower is in the same area which we went up for some beautiful views. Tower open until 11pm. Lost receipt but I remember Aromi was a good value.

Bellevue- Smetanovo nabr. 18 Praha 1- This was our upscale special meal. Reserve in advance and make sure you get a table by the window for bridge and castle views. Food was really good but the views and romance even better. Bill was $218.00 USD. Service was not added into the bill.

U Medvidku- Na Perstyne 7 Praha 1- 420-224-211-916- This was our beer hall meal and we loved it. We had gone to a different place at first but the place was packed with about 100 chain smoking men. A little too much for us. U Medvidku was perfect for us. Great unhealthy food and beer. What's better than that? Bill was $33.00 USD.

BUDAPEST-

Cyrano Etterem- Kristof ter. 7-8- Cool, big city type place. Food was pretty good. Varied menu also offering Hungarian style food. It is right off the popular shopping strret Vaci utca. Bill was $73.00 USD.

Spoon Cafe- Vigado ter. 3- 36-1-411-0933- Great place. It is on a permanently docked boat on the Danube River facing the Royal Palace. Reserve in advance for a window table for awesome views. The food is great. Varied menu also offering some Hungarian style foods. I had orange roughy and my wife had filet mignon and a lobster tail. Both dishes were excellent. Our favorite thing was an appetizer of boiled beef bruscetta with brie cheese. Excellent. We had a great Hungarian wine as we did throughout our Budapest jaunt but of course all names were not remembered. Bill was $116.00 USD.

Kisbuda Gyongye- Kenyeres utca. 34- 36-1-368-6402- Great neighborhood place on the Buda side a bit off the beaten path. We took a cab there and they called one for us for the trip back. Food was great. I had Veal Remiz with potoato croquettes that was excellent. She had Chicken Paprika that was excellent as well. The sauce was so darn good. We tried a goose liver platter. We'll pass next time. They have an old man playing piano in the middle of the room. A really great night. Bill was $104.00 USD.

Belcanto- Dalszinhaz utca. 8- We went here after the opera on a Saturday night. They have live music along with some opera singers. The waiters also sing opera. Food was good but coupled with the entertainment made it better. Bill was $118.00 USD.

Central Market Hall- Fovam ter.- Great place for your souviniers but even better for great unhealthy food. Meats and produce galore. The second floor has the food court with all sorts of goodies. Tried the highly "chowhound" recommended langos. They brush cream on it and then sprinkle it with grated cheese. AWESOME! Go there with an empty stomach.

Hope you enjoyed the report. It was our honeymoon and we had an amazing memorable time. Feel free to ask questions. I'm still not sick of talking about the trip yet. Enjoy and Viva Chowhound!!!

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  1. Hi Folks, a brief interruption. For any further discussion of dining in Italy, please start a new thread on the Italy board.

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    1. re: The Chowhound Team

      OK- Venice portion reposted to Italy board.

    2. I've lived in BP and spend up to 2-3 months a year there still. Those are good choices in BP, though I must admit that Spoon cafe has always been too touristy for me. I've been a fan of Cyrano since it opened, when it was much less touristy and much more expat/hip Budapester. Also, langos can be had with garlic and butter. the Central Market is something else though, at least the meat section. As someone who keep kosher, it was enlightening--I'd never even imagined some of those things were eaten--and revolting. :-)