Despite all the excellent street-food joints that opened the past few years in Budapest (such as Funky Pho or Soul Food) one option has been curiously missing: the good authentic Italian pizza. And I’m not talking about Pizzanet on Király utca! (check the Pizzanet article here)
So the good news is that there no need to look further than Pizzica on bustling Nagymező utca! Two Italian brothers run this tiny pizzeria at the heart of Budapest’s nightlife and make pizzas as they enjoyed them at home: thin, the Lazio way (Roma style).
Sold by the slice, damned delicious and cheap, those little pieces of Italy can be taken away – needless to say it’s the best option when you’re between 2 bars (the place is open late on the weekend).
There is a lot to choose from, from the basic (Margherita…), to the “rica” (2 ingredients) or the premium (3 ingredients). As for the drinks: help yourself to some nice craft beers and Italian wines.
Besides the food, the vibe there is remarkable. No doubt it has a lot to do with Paolo, one of the founders of Pizzica, who’s also one of the pizzaiolos. A fluent Hungarian speaker, who’s been around for years in Budapest, Paolo has a band and is a DJ in the capital’s best alternative bars. Last time I went to Pizzica, I even made new friends among the other pizza eaters as I was hanging upstairs on the mezzanine! Pizzica’s staff is also really friendly.