Salads, carpaccio, pasta… Bosco Café offers a menu of Italian specialties and resolutely sacrifices beef stroganoff and blinis on Moscow's most touristy square. The interiors are immaculate and very comfortable, with a pianist-playing-tunes-in-a-gentlemen's-club ambience, but it is invariably the patio where everyone wants to be. Having a joyful meal in front of Lenin's tomb is a priceless experience.
But the prices are eminently reasonable, with a Caesar salad a mere 1,020 RUB, and carpaccio with black truffle and balsamic vinegar at 1,350 RUB. The wine list, by the bottle and by the glass, is also worth looking at. Be sure to drink an espresso (130 RUB) at the Bosco Bar, with its amazingly futuristic and trendy Spock decor. It also has an extensive menu of sushi and rolls, both spicy and not, in stark contrast to the surroundings, which are like some new planet discovered by a Soyuz spacecraft.
Red Square, 3
+7 495 627 37 03
Menu: around 2,500 RUB