Aldente Trattoria Italiana

Vězeňská 911/4, Prague 1 | +420 222 313 185
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One of our favourite Italian restaurants in Prague. The Italian expatriate owners have tried to create a cozy, authentic atmosphere: tables decorated with red-checkered tablecloths; mirrors and eclectic pictures on the walls; nooks and corners filled odds and ends, the antique collectibles you might find in an Italian grandmother's (mostly kept) house. It works -- in a sort of Osteria del Teatro (Cortona) sort of way. 

Before long, your mind will re-focus on the menu: full of Italian staples: minestrone and usually one or two other soups; antipasti that leave room for main courses and house-made pasta (mostly gnocchi, spaghetti, linguine). The list of secondi are broad --  beef (tagliata, tenderloin, rib eye), game (usually rabbit), veal, pork, and even chicken -- and are traditionally prepared. The menu also includes selection of fish and seafood. 

Al dente has a respectable list of Italian wines -- but we prefer the house wine, or those offered by the glass, which are very drinkable and more affordable. The daily specials often change and usually include seasonal variations of the standard menu options. 

Service is friendly, if not always prompt. For the most part, prices are reasonable compared to some of the other elite Italian restaurants in Prague. We recommend making a reservation -- be sure to ask for a table on the more rustic ground floor, or outside during the summer months.

We recommend: beef tagliata; veal tagliata (if offered); mussels and clams in white wine; the tiramisu is one of the best in town.

Our Rating (5 = excellent, 1 = poor):

  • Food: 4.5
  • Drink: 4.0
  • Service: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.0

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Taverna Olympos

Kubelíkova 9, Prague 3 | +420 222 722 239
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For years, Olympos has served some of the best traditional Greek cuisine in Prague, combining great food with great atmosphere. While we're rarely seen anyone dine in the front dining room, the action is in the larger, more lively, rear dining room/atrium. The tree-shaded garden, enclosed by the surrounding residential buildings, is a great place during the summer months. There's even a small playground to keep the kids occupied. Service is generally good -- moderately friendly, professional and attentive.

The menu contains the Greek staples: Hummus, Tzatziki, cold vegetables and salads; hot starters -- usually red or green peppers, aubergine, either fried or grilled -- along with potatoes served fried or grilled; and meatballs (Keftedakia).

There is plenty of quality lamb, pork and fish to choose from, and usually grilled, but can be baked or fried. And of course, the menu includes a long list of stuffed stuff: vegetables (usually aubergine) stuffed with minced meat, bechamel, or potatoes -- or all three; cabbage or wine leaves stuffed with rice; lamb stuffed with cheese; ad infinitum. Or, rather, επί άπειρο.

Wine by the bottle is available, but we suggest sticking to the house wines. (we prefer the white, (dry and sweet are available) served cold.

It can be easy to order too much. Our recommendation: order a variety of the starters and enjoy them -- slowly -- along with the house white. Then save room for something from the grill, either beef or fish, along with another starter or side. Skip the potatoes, french fries and rice -- go with the grilled vegetables, or another pepper stuffed with cheese. You'll usually find yourself stuffed and satisfied at a reasonable price.

Olympos is busy most evenings -- reservations are suggested.

Recommended: Tzatziki; fried eggplant; fried zucchini; saganaki (several options of cheeses to choose from); gigandes (beans); psaronefri (bon fillet).

Our Rating (5 = excellent, 1 = poor):

  • Food: 4.0
  • Drink: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5

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Prodejny u Salvátora

Náprstkova 2, Prague 1 | +420 222 221 161
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If you're searching for that hard-to-find-in-Prague spice, Prodejny u Salvátora probably has it. They also sell a number of olive oils, sauces and other niche items.

Accepted: AMEX; Visa; cash.

Sushi Tam Da

Perunova 13, Prague 3 | +420 602 476 871
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Perhaps the best value-for-money sushi in Prague. While Tam Da's worn-down facade, simple interior and lack of fashionably-dressed wait staff make it a very unassuming -- and even off-putting to some -- place. But don't be bothered with the aesthetics. Tam Da offers fresh, well-made sushi at great prices. All of the standards -- nigiri, maki, California -- are on the quite lengthy menu. The fish is fresh and satisfying -- not world-class quality (but where in Prague would you find world-class sushi?), but reliable and consistent food. The rice is consistent and the sushi is well-rolled; rarely will you end up with a loose piece -- but even if you do, take comfort in the fact that you've found one of the best values in town.

The menu contains many 4-6 piece selections which allow you to create your own 10-20 piece combinations. If you're craving quantity rather than top-notch quality, at CZK 10 - 20 per piece, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better place in Prague to curb your sushi craving.

As good as the sushi is, the Asian dishes are disappointing. The noodle dishes can be quite soggy. Our advice: stick to the sushi.

A reservation isn't needed, but because of the small dining area and Tam Da's quiet popularity, you may find yourself waiting if you don't have one.

If you're not happy with Tam Da's interior dining, takeaway is available, and is usually prompt - 15 to 20 minutes. Call-in orders are accepted, too -- just be sure you have the menu numbers at hand (they're on the Tam Da website), as the menu's size can make ordering by phone complicated.

Our Rating (5 = excellent, 1 = poor):
Food: 3.5 (sushi); 1.0 (Asian)
Drink: 3.0
Service: 3.0
Atmosphere: 2.0

Accepted: cash only.

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