How do you take a quaint restaurant with the kind of consistently good Italian that always goes with the Chianti that comes in a wicker basket? Well, you make it affordable. Hornið, which has been in the same location for 20 years, has maintained its quality and its affordability throughout. This is the kind of place you take your gal to, or, if you’re a struggling student or artist, that you treat yourself to once a month.
The great thing about a mid-range restaurant that has been around so long is the ease that the staff has with the clientele. In fact, Hornið has the best service in Reykjavík among restaurants with dishes under 4000 ISK. It also has the best spaghetti carbonara (1650 ISK) in the city and extremely refreshing pizzas.
This restaurant is an institution in town: it will not get more hip, and it will probably not be covered in any local magazines, but it is timeless, or, even better, somewhat dated—to twenty years ago when people just went to restaurants to enjoy the food and feel pleasant.
Hafnarstræti 15, 101 Reykjavík Phone: 551-3340.