Pizza Manufaktura is a hip, tiny, always-crowded, counter-service pizzeria in Budapest’s District 9. The place makes no secret about its coolness: hipster twentysomethings scurry between the counter and the kitchen while loud music pipes through the speakers. Their pies, made with an electric oven, fall between a Roman and Neapolitan style: the crust is soft, doughy, and has some air pockets with charred spots, but the texture is firm enough to hold the slice in your hand.
I enjoyed Paprika János (€5), packing paprika-laced, crisped-up sausage, bacon, tomato, and moderately spicy green pepper. Another standout is Tükör (€5), incorporating a creamy, poached egg atop a tomato base with prosciutto, bacon, and mozzarella. The only letdown was the distractingly salty Della (€6).
During lunchtime, groups of (foreign) students from the nearby Corvinus University fill Pizza Manufaktura to capacity. Expect a long wait that can be up to half-hour at midday. A couple of local craft beers by MONYO Brewing Co. are available (€3) to help pass the time. Cash only!