Il Terzo Cerchio

Il Terzo Cerchio has been serving Italian comfort food in Budapest’s historic Jewish Quarter for well over a decade. The exposed brick vaulted ceiling and rustic wooden furniture attempt to evoke the Tuscan countryside vibes on this Budapest sidestreet.

Overall, the food at Il Terzo Cerchio isn’t going to blow your mind, but they serve the type of reliable mid-range Italian fare that can appeal to both budget diners (spaghetti carbonara for €8) and those looking for a fancier meal (ribeye steak for €20). The extensive menu covers all bases - antipasti, pasta, seafood, grilled meats, and pizza - but you're best off sticking to the basic, often Tuscan-inspired dishes. My favorites were the simple-but-excellent tomato soup and the tagliatelle blanketed in bits of Tuscan sausage and a mild stracchino cheese sauce. The thick-crust pizza is made in a wood-burning oven with a puffy crust and moist center, gravitating toward Neapolitan-style pies - the good old margherita will not disappoint. For dessert, go for the perfectly balanced tiramisu. Il Terzo Cerchio serves a range of Hungarian and Italian wines as well.

Il Terzo Cerchio’s no-frills but dependable dishes and long array of options make it a good choice for larger groups or business meals. The icing on the cake is the consistently attentive and kind servers, a rare but welcome phenomenon in Budapest.