Budapest is one of the most frequented tourist destinations in Central Europe. The beauty of the city’s culture is revealed not only through its historic attractions, art galleries and wonderful nature but also through the flavors it offers. Check out this selection of the best places to eat pizza when in Budapest.
Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
This pizzeria is a piece of Italy in Budapest. From checked tablecloths to freshly made tomato soup with Parmesan and fresh basil, the restaurant has everything to remind its patrons of sunny Italy. The pizzas that Capri serves are not only delicious but also made in true Italian tradition, and there are at least 20 different types to choose from. The menu also offers some pasta and risotto dishes as well as salads, soups, deserts and ice cream.
This Italian restaurant, located close to the city center, is a great family business which offers all sorts of Italian delicacies from antipasti and bruschetta to cannoli and crostata. Pizza takes center stage though. There is also a ‘dish of the day’ which is always something new, sold for a discounted price. The Italian owners and staff are very friendly and welcoming, and though the place is small, it’s very cozy and has a good atmosphere.
One of the best things about Pizzica is that it’s open till late, even on weekdays, and until 3am on the weekends, so it’s great for those of us who get pizza cravings at odd hours. This is another pizza house that claims to have true Italian heritage. The place has a quirky interior, laid-back atmosphere and pizzas served on wooden chopping boards. The pizzas that this pizzeria offers are served by slice so that you can mix and match between pizzas with different toppings (the selection is large and varying). Though the seating options are scarce, they also do takeaway.
Trattoria Pomo D’Oro, whose name gives credit to the most important ingredient in Italian cuisine according to the owners, the tomato, is a very homely restaurant located in the city center. The head chef, Rosario, prepares a lot of dishes from his own collection of recipes apart from traditional, well-known Italian meals. The dishes listed in the menu vary every day since the owners are fond of surprising patrons with new and unexpected combinations of traditional Italian ingredients. Every day there are at least 30 different wines on offer from the huge collection of over 100 types of wine owned by the restaurant. This is a true gem of an Italian trattoria where creativity in meals meets top-notch quality.
Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Hungarian, Italian, $$$
This beautiful wine bar-restaurant, situated in Rákóczi square and surrounded by charming old architecture, is a true gem for both food and wine lovers. The restaurant is very atmospheric, with modern and elegant décor (including oversized light bulbs hanging from the ceiling instead of traditional lamps) and lots of different varieties of wine displayed on the shelves. The food is great, especially the pizza, and the staff very friendly and warm. This could easily become your favorite restaurant in Budapest.
This restaurant, situated close to the Hungarian National Museum, is great for many reasons. First, it is pet-friendly and offers free Wi-Fi. Second, it serves authentic Sicilian cuisine which is considered to be the best regional cuisine in Italy, home of many delicious recipes. Third, the pizza is made in a wood-fired oven with a thin crust and fresh and tasty toppings. Finally, La Coppola is situated in a beautiful street with old houses and there are plenty of tables to sit outside.
Though situated in a street in the heart of the city, La Botte is not your typical rip-off tourist trap. The restaurant specializes in both Italian and Hungarian traditional food. It has a very cozy atmosphere with vintage décor, low brick vaults and straw-woven lamp shades. The pizza that the chefs make is tasty, with a thin crust and cooked in a wood-fired brick oven. They also offer a good selection of wines including Hungarian wine which is a must-try.
This bistro not only offers delicious pizzas, sandwiches and all sorts of good-quality fast food, it is also a place with many Hungarian specialties on the menu, such as the beef steak Budapest style with mashed potatoes and onions. The café is located in the heart of the city and has a lovely terrace outside, on the corner of street, to sit and watch the passers-by.