Il Terzo Cerchio

Il Terzo Cerchio has been serving Italian comfort food in Budapest’s historic Jewish Quarter for well over a decade. A brick vaulted ceiling, rustic wooden furniture, and an oversized wood-burning oven help evoke Tuscan countryside vibes on this Budapest side street. The restaurant's moniker is a reference to Dante's third circle of hell, which is where gluttons were punished.

Il Terzo Cerchio's food isn’t going to blow your mind, but the place serves the type of reliable, mid-range Italian fare that can satisfy diners on a lower budget (€8 spaghetti carbonara), and also those who're looking for a fancier meal (ribeye steak for €20). The extensive menu covers all bases - pasta, seafood, grilled meats, and pizza - but you're best off sticking to the basic, often Tuscan-inspired dishes.

My favorites here are the creamy and flavorful tomato soup (€4), and the tagliatelle blanketed in bits of piquant Tuscan sausage and a mild stracchino cheese sauce (€11). The pizzas come out of the wood-burning oven with a puffy crust and moist center, thus gravitating toward the Neapolitan-style. The good old margherita will not disappoint (€6). It's also true for the tiramisu (€4), which is as good as any in Budapest. A range of Hungarian and Italian wines are available.

Il Terzo Cerchio’s spacious interior and dependable dishes make it a good choice for larger groups and business meals.