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 a 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, where gluttons were punished.

The food isn’t going to blow your mind, but Il Terzo Cerchio serves the type of reliable, mid-range Italian fare that can satisfy almost all diners. The long menu covers all bases—pasta, seafood, grilled meats, and pizza—of which the creamy and flavorful tomato soup (€4), and the tagliatelle blanketed in piquant Tuscan sausage and a mild stracchino cheese sauce (€11) were the highlights.

The pizzas come out of the wood-burning oven with a puffy crust and moist center, gravitating toward the Neapolitan-style. The good old margherita will not disappoint (€6), which is also true for the perfectly creamy and moist tiramisu (€4). A range of Hungarian and Italian wines are also available.