Little Italy Pizzeria

You step into Little Italy Pizzeria, and an oversized photo of Naples and the Mount Vesuvius will face you from the opposite wall. Around it hang myriad blue-and-white soccer scarves emblazoned with “solo Napoli” on them. Many of the servers are Italian natives. It feels like being in a restaurant in Naples, but instead of the Tyrrhenian coast, this pizzeria actually hides in an indistinct Budapest neighborhood a bit outside the city center.

Little Italy isn’t the type of place 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 people who come here for delicious and affordable pizzas made with lightning speed by the Hungarian owner-chef, who spent years working in Naples.

Though I haven't tried all of the 42 types of pizzas, I can definitely vouch for the Casagrande (prosciutto, Italian salami, bacon, hot pepper; €6), the simple and flavorful bufala (€6), and the namesake Little Italy (mozzarella, Italian sausage, cherry tomatoes; €8). The pies fall somewhere between a Naples and a Roman style, closer to the former. Italian beers are also available, and if you’re into Italian soccer, come here to watch the games with fellow calcio fans. Note that Little Italy is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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