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The 7 Best Pizza Places in Budapest

Like other major cities around the world, Budapest has plenty of pizza joints that churn out cheap, albeit not especially good, slices. But in addition to these, there are also a handful of dedicated pizzerias that have mastered the art of pizza making. Some of them specialize in Naples or Roman-style pies, others simply put out delicious pizza without devotion to a particular region.


#1 Pizzica

Pizzica is the first pizzeria in Budapest specializing in pizza al taglio: the Roman invention where rectangular-shaped pies are sliced with a scissor and usually taken to-go. This tiny takeout joint not far from downtown is run by the de Bartolomeo brothers, natives from Southern Italy, who can be found most days sliding cast-iron pans in and out of the electric oven. .

#2 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.

#3 Pizza Manufaktura

Excellent pizza and a slice of contemporary Budapest come together at Pizza Manufaktura, a small, 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. .

#4 Digó Pizza

Digó started out as a pop-up pizzeria before finding a permanent home in the very epicenter of Budapest by Deák Square. They haven’t entirely shed their nomadic past, as the current venue, a small container-looking rectangular space, still feels like a temporary home. But what matters more is that Digó, which specializes in Naples-style pies, makes some of the best pizza in Budapest. .

#5 IGEN Pizza

Many pizzas in Budapest’s Italian restaurants feel like afterthoughts, added to the menu for the sake of completeness. This isn’t the case at Igen, a spacious pizza joint located in an unremarkable part of Buda, but not far from the city center. .

#6 MANU+ Pizza

MANU+ is the second location of Pizza Manufaktura, a wildly popular pizza joint near Corvinus University. The good news is that this one doesn't usually get as mobbed as the original venue, meaning that you won't have to wait longer than a few minutes before devouring a Naples-style pizza, which is what MANU+ specializes in..

#7 Kemencés Pizza 16

If you’re serious about your pizza and are spending more than a few days in Budapest, grab your hiking boots and trek out to Kemencés Pizza. It’s especially commendable when a restaurant so far from downtown decides to do what few restaurants do: aim to be the best in their craft. Both of Kemencés’ location are about an hour away from downtown by public transport, but think of it as part of the experience of discovering Budapest. .
Rankings are based on a combination of food/drink, atmosphere, service, and price. The author visits all restaurants incognito.