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Jamie’s Italian opens today at the Buda Castle
Jamie Oliver's first restaurant in Central Europe opens on May 20 in partnership with the Zsidai Gastronomy Group to offer delicious, affordable Italian dishes, friendly service and cool design at the historic Buda Castle.
Source: press release
Best of Budapest online | May 20, 2016
CEO of Zsidai Group and well-known Hungarian gastro-entrepreneur Zoltán Roy Zsidai is thrilled to have partnered with Jamie’s Italian. “From the very first moment I could feel the chemistry between the two groups, as if I had met my brother in London,” he said. “We share the same values, always strive for the best and never compromise. We apply the same values to our existing 10 restaurants in Budapest and will do the same in Jamie’s Italian Buda Castle – use the best ingredients available in Europe from ethical and sustainable sources, fantastic and motivated colleagues and the coolest design.

A partnership between Jamie Oliver and his Italian mentor, chef Gennaro Contaldo, Jamie’s Italian has won millions of fans for its delicious and affordable food and its friendly and welcoming service. The menu is based on dishes you would find people eating all over Italy, made with care and delivered without fuss. High quality, fresh ingredients with special attention to sustainability, ethical animal treatment and animal welfare – all prepared to the best standards.

Jamie’s Italian Buda Castle is sourcing the best ingredients from Italy and the local region. Finding suppliers took almost 10 months. The restaurant ensure the use of only free-range and organic ingredients that meet Jamie’s Italian’s high standards and that compare to no other restaurants in Budapest. The menu is rooted in authenticity. We’re all about fantastic, rustic dishes created using tried and tested recipes. Jamie and Gennaro have added substance to what is now the essence of Jamie’s Italian – tradition combined with current, innovative ideas and a Jamie twist. The casual Italian restaurant will see pasta being made onsite daily and will also house an open kitchen and an amazing terrace overlooking the Mathias church. Jamie’s Italian staff receives the best training, with some of them travelling to the UK to learn about Jamie’s values and where it all began. Each staff member has a deep knowledge and understanding of the food being served, including the origin of the dish, how it is prepared and what the story is behind it.

Zsidai Group hopes that Jamie’s Italian will be a refreshing addition to the local restaurant scene with affordable prices and an incredible location at the heart of the Buda Castle gastronomic quarter. Jamie said, “I’m super-excited to be bringing Jamie’s Italian to Hungary. Budapest is a beautiful old city with a thriving new restaurant scene, and I can’t wait to be a part of it. When we open the doors, we’ll be serving up simple, great-value Italian food, all made with the very best-quality ingredients we can get our hands on. I just know it’s going to be a brilliant addition to the ever-growing Jamie’s Italian family.”
It is a huge responsibility to open a restaurant with Jamie. We have to meet high international standards and local requirements. We have to show Hungarians what a cool, affordable and fresh Italian kitchen is really like,” said Roy Zsidai.

About Jamie’s Italian

A partnership between Jamie Oliver and his Italian mentor, chef Gennaro Contaldo, the first Jamie’s Italian opened in 2008 in Oxford, England, serving the kind of food that had inspired them both since childhood. There are now more than 60 outlets around the world, winning fans all over with delicious, affordable dishes and friendly, personable service.

About the Zsidai Gastronomy Group

With a history of 33 years, Zsidai Gastronomy Group is a responsible family business that runs several restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs and a smart luxury boutique hotel. Gastronomy is not only a profession in the family, it is a mission. For decades, the Zsidai family has made their mission to transfer Hungary’ gastronomy back in the old pre-war glory and put back Budapest to the list of the best destinations of the world.