Little Italy Pizzeria

Step into Little Italy and an oversized image of Naples and the Mount Vesuvius faces you from the opposite wall. Around it hang blue-and-white soccer scarves emblazoned with “solo Napoli” slogans and nearly all servers are Italian natives. But instead of being on the Tyrrhenian coast, this lively neighborhood pizzeria hides near Budapest's city center.

Little Italy doesn't draw the city's most fashion-forward crowd, but the place gets mobbed by people who come for delicious and affordable pizzas made with lightning speed by the Hungarian owner-chef, who spent years working in Naples. I've yet to try most of the 42 types, but I can vouch for the Casagrande (prosciutto, Italian salami, bacon, chili), the simple and flavorful Bufala, and the namesake Little Italy (mozzarella, Italian sausage, cherry tomatoes). The pies fall between the Naples and the Roman styles. On the weekends, Italian soccer plays on TV and calcio fans appear. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays!

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