In the Tei neighborhood, there’s a locally famous Italian restaurant that offers some of the best food in town. It’s not at all pretentious as you would expect when reading “Italian restaurant”, on the contrary. It looks as plain as any other eatery, but the locals know that’s just a front.
The food is decently priced, the portions are BIG and they also deliver. It’s not unusual for locals to order from Sabatini instead of cooking (something very rare in the Romanian society), it even happened to my mother who’s a great cook and considers this a heresy. It’s just that good.
About the menu, the pastas seem to be their strong point, I’ve tried them all over the years and I’ve never been disappointed. It’s hard to narrow down my favorite foods at this place but I need to mention Gorgonzola Sirloin, Saltimboca alla Romana or Sabatini pork. As for desserts, I love dumplings with jam and cream or the Fruit jam filled pancakes.
The neighborhood is decently safe and there’s a bus line that can take you to the right street. If you’re a backpacker curious about the real Bucharest, this is a good place to start; when you go out of the city center the experience changes a lot.