Kemencés Pizza 16

If you’re serious about your pizza and spending more than a few days in Budapest, grab your hiking boots and trek out to Kemencés, which makes some of the best pies in the whole city. It takes about an hour to get to from downtown by public transport, but think of it as part of the experience of discovering Budapest.

Kemencés uses a wood-burning oven to make both classic (margherita) and more unconventional ("magyaros") pizzas. What unites these tasty pies is a light dough with a solid structure and an airy, crispy crust. Kemencés usually gets mobbed by pizza fans, but even when it's packed, a hushed, quite professionalism exudes from behind the counter as the three pizzaiolos churn out pies with breathtaking efficiency. There’s no chaos or frenzied hurry here—they’re quick, calm, and confident.

You can't go wrong with anything here; my favorites are the margherita (€6), and "másik fehér" (€7), which comes topped with sour cream, mozzarella, pancetta, and piquante salami. Cash only!

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