Pizza Manufaktura

Pizza Manufaktura is a hip pizza shop 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 pizzas, made with an electric oven, fall between the Roman and the Neapolitan style: the crust is soft and doughy with some air pockets and charred spots, but the texture is firm enough to hold the slice in your hand.

I enjoyed Paprika János (€6), packing paprika-laced crispy sausage, bacon, tomato, and moderately spicy green pepper. Another standout is Tükör (€6), incorporating a creamy, poached egg atop a tomato base with prosciutto, bacon, and mozzarella. The only letdown was the distractingly salty Della (€6).

Thanks to the wallet-friendly prices, students from the nearby Corvinus University tend to fill Pizza Manufaktura to capacity — expect a long wait at midday. A couple of local craft beers are available to help pass the time. Cash only!

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