We all love Mediterranean countries. Sun, happy people, delicious food and liters of refreshing drinks. Many of you know that Spain is on my top countries list and when I get older I will surely be moving to the south of this beautiful country. But it is the Italian cuisine which truly stole my heart! Is it possible to merge those two cultures ? If yes, then what could be the result of this crazy experiment? Since Budapest is a city of endless possibilities, I was not really surprised when recently I discovered new tapas place, where the executive chef was an Italian!
Tio Felipe tapas bar has been founded by Fabrizio, who grew up in Italy. As a small boy, he got a unique chance to get familiar with Spanish cuisine, as his neighbor Felipe (who was called as Tio or uncle in Spanish) ran a Spanish restaurant. He showed him a lot of secrets of this cuisine and that’s what Fabrizio’s place has been named after.
After hopping form one country to another, Fabrizio eventually ended up in Budapest and decided to open the restaurant where the two Mediterranean cuisine can be served together. From my side, I can only add that it was the best idea he could bring to this city.
Tio Felipe is a combination of Italian and Spanish cuisine. How did it happen, that you decided to come up with both?
I came up with this concept for the reason that I love both cuisines from childhood, another reason is that I wanted to show how nice and tasty they can be, when the cuisines are fused together.
Do you import all your ingredients, or are you using local products (the ones which are available in Hungary)?
I mostly import (especially fish) or personally go down to both the countries to search for them and then of course I also use some local products which I consider very tasty.
What is the best dish you could recommend to your guests?
Which dish I would suggest?? Well it is an interesting question because I would definitely suggest a few but my top dish I think would be the Hazelnut and mocha marinated beef carpaccio, because it is a mix of both , simplicity and complexity.
Which cuisine is closer to your heart – Italian or Spanish?
Of course it is a bit hard for me to decide. As an Italian, I would go with the Italian because this is the cuisine which I grew up with but I’m strongly attached to the Spanish because it was one of the reasons that let me discover my love for the food.
Is there any dish in your restaurant which is a combination of both cuisines?
On the menu, definitely there are a few which are combination of the two cuisines. For example: Tres formas de bacalao, Carpaccio di pollo or Callos con garbanzos.
How about drinks? Would you recommend Prosecco or rather Sangria?
About drinks, I deeply love prosecco but I would definitely suggest our homemade fruity sangria.
Tapas is all about sharing and this is the motto of Fabrizio, which is also visible in the interiors of Tio Felipe. Wooden long tables with comfortable seating decorated by cushions can give you a really cozy, homely feeling. You can bring bunch of your friends and have a great evening while drinking delicious sangria and trying different type of tapas. The laid back atmosphere and clean interiors with a bit modern touch allows you to relax after a long day and enjoy your food.
Credit: Árpád Pintér
Tio Felipe is located right behind Liberty Square at Nagysándor Józef utca 1.
Opening hours: 11:30 – 00:00 Monday – Saturday
Phone nr: (+36) 30 743 8132