Little Italy Pizzeria

You step into Little Italy Pizzeria, and an oversized photo of Naples with the Mount Vesuvius in the background will face you from the opposite wall. Around it hang a myriad of blue-and-white soccer scarves with things like “solo Napoli” written on them. The waitstaff consists of Italian natives, who don’t speak any Hungarian. It feels like being in a neighborhood restaurant in Italy. But instead of the Tyrrhenian coast, this pizzeria is actually located in an indistinct Budapest neighborhood a bit outside the city center.

Little Italy isn’t the type of restaurant that appears on thematic toplists - except for this one - or draws Budapest’s trendy crowd. But it is a place that gets mobbed in the evenings with local residents and Italian expats, who come here for delicious and affordable pizzas made with lightning speed by the Hungarian owner-chef (note: Little Italy is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). He spent years working in Naples and became addicted to the city, the food, and, apparently, the local soccer team too.

If you’re unsure which of the 42 types of pizzas to order, let me recommend a few I enjoyed most. Casagrande (€6) comes with prosciutto, Italian salami, onions, bacon, and hot pepper. Vegetarians should opt for the simple and flavorful bufala (€6). Also good is the namesake Little Italy (€8), packing buffalo mozzarella, Italian sausage, and cherry tomatoes. For pizza dorks: the pies are between a Naples and Roman-style, closer to the former. Italian beers are also available, and if you’re into Italian soccer, this is the place to watch the games with fellow calcio fans.